We have been watching over the last few weeks what has been happening in Queensland, and especially over the last few days, and have also seen the floods in our own state of WA in Carnarvon. There have been devastating floods in NSW as well, and now there are floods in Victoria and heading for SA. I have also read that Tasmania and the NT have been hit by severe rain as well. The scale and horror of this disaster in Queensland just seems to keep on growing. Even now there is more rain expected for the East Coast as well as a cyclone!
The Courier Mail has a series of photos of the Queensland floods which tell a tale of a state torn apart, not just a city. There have been some amazing stories of survival, but there are so many more stories of heartbreak. At times the images that we have been watching have been so over-powering that I am struggling to believe what I am seeing. It is like watching the 2007 disaster movie "Flood" where London was flooded when a tidal surge overwhelms the barrier in the Thames Estuary.
Except what we have been watching this week is real... not Hollywood hype and make-believe and computer graphics! Mark and I have been to God's Own Country (Queensland) a couple of times now - we have walked along those streets in Brisbane that were flooded and no longer visible 2 days ago, and as the water recedes are now covered in this revolting stinking mess of mud and goodness knows what else!
As I have been reading some of the Aussie blogs that I follow, and the local papers, I have been heartened to see how much the Aussie spirit is flourishing. Armies of volunteers are heading into Brisbane to begin the mammoth task of cleaning up the city. Clean ups are also beginning in the other towns and communities that have been flooded. There are some areas that are still water logged and will be for some time to come. The road back to normality will be long and hard, and I don't know how many will actually be able to stay the distance.