#Rolling up our sleeves and helping to mop up the BIGGEST WET!
Finally I have my Journalist press hat on again!
My apologies for not being involved earlier in the new dramas our country has had to bear – technical glitches and a University course Summer Unit have limited my IT access. But as they say in the Classic’s “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!” (♪ LÖR!!!) So I am warming up the vocal chords (♪mmmimimimimimimeeeeeee!) and tomorrow I shall begin the singing!
However I need just a bit of time to get the research flowing again and the old knuckles dexterous enough to produce the words! I cannot promise the comprehensive cover I gave during the Bushfires but I’ll attempt to get the stats out and find some stories to express the surprise these floods have given us – almost like we were caught in the dunny!
So in the interim could I ask for your assistance?
For starters please do two things for me
Perhaps we could do it again!
We have modified Phoenix to assist any causes we identified and certainly the floods in Queensland (and now in Victoria too) qualify as needing our help!
In true Aussie bush humour – “Reckon the droughts over then!”
But as the Brisbane Mayor says “It’s not a sprint it will be a marathon!”
It will take YEARS for our city and the rural areas to recover.
It’s been 2 years almost since the Black Sat fires and Marysville and Kinglake are only JUST beginning to look like a bit of a town again!
It will be a long haul but we shall get there!
Please join us !
*The QLD Floods have been the worst ever exceeding the 1974 floods by meters in depth and miles in spread! 75% of the state was declared a disaster zone – that is equivalent of the whole of NSW or as Price Charles equated it – the size of France and Germany combined!
The Wivenhoe Dam was built after the 1974 floods to protect the city from it happening again but the rainfall filled the dam to (one report) 190% capacity and so to not compromise the dam wall they had to release water down the river but Tuesday 11-01-11 a 15 foot wave of water rolled down the river engulfing all in it’s path and causing flooding over a kilometre from the waterway’s edge!
Towns were literally swamped in a matter of hours and flooded almost half of the capitol city Brisbane – our third largest city in the country.
2600 houses have been destroyed not to mention the businesses and the business that has been compromised by either flood damage or the power shutdowns. Many people could not get insurance cover for flooding as they lived or had businesses on old flood plains.
Current stats are 16 confirmed Dead …
BUT good news – the Missing list has gone from 56 to 26!
The waters have subsided from the Brisbane River and its tributaries …
BUT in its wake is MUD and in some places captured stagnant water
Power is still out to most of the city and ALL the effected rural towns …
BUT finally food and water is reaching them!
Best of all is the Volunteer coordination project where anyone who wants to help register sign up for a half day shift and are bussed in to the needed areas to work
2000 volunteers today not only did amazing work but gave the survivors much needed practical help and support!
The first to sign up had driven up from Sydney – an eight hour trip!
That is our Aussie Mateship!
And now that the rainband has come down south here, Victoria and parts of Tasmania are subjected to large flooding again. Victoria was only just recovering from the flooding in September! Parts of the state are cut off by flooded rivers that this time last year were bone dry!
In places they have received the equivalent of 6 months rain in 2 days!
At least it’s stopped the Locust Plague! (well for now!) However there are issues that the wet will enhance pests in QLD. Cane Toads will thrive without any predators to stop them. Crocodiles and Wild Pigs will also flourish in the nice wet areas.*