Floods of Regional QLD Australia

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Hi all

Some of you may know that for the past 4 months we have been having some flood problems in Queensland SE and today I all most went under in my car got out just in time but the guy before me car became a u-boat see the video.

200,000 displaced and homeless , and where I live will be under about 14mts tonight for the 2nd time

If anyone feels like saying a prayer for us please do there is so much distruction it is amazing no rain for 10yrs and now 2 yrs worth in one night

Going to be long week


  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    OMG I will definitely pray for you folks Wowsers is there any relief agencies on the way yet ?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Holy cow, guy -- you really believe in narrow escapes, don't you? It's good to have you in the forum tonight after that. God speed to everyone down there. I hope things clear up fast and hope that all recover.
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Holy cow, guy -- you really believe in narrow escapes, don't you? It's good to have you in the forum tonight after that. God speed to everyone down there. I hope things clear up fast and hope that all recover.
      To put things in perspective for you, the flooded area currently covers an area bigger than France and Germany combined, or if you prefer, Texas (as Kym pointed out). I know someone currently in that area that has been on the receiving end of over 6 metres (or 236 inches in Oldspeak) of rain in the last few weeks.

      As if that wasn't bad enough there is more rain forecast for the next month or so.

      Ironically, the same area was, like much of the country, until recently going through drought conditions.

      The Army is currently helping folks out, but I fear things are going to get a lot worse long before they get any better. The leader of the Army contingent has said it'll probably take years to fix things up.

      Also, on the other side of the country/continent, the town of Carnarvon in Western Australia is experiencing similar conditions to those in Queensland.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        It's a nightmare what you guys are going through.

        I have a sister in Sydney and I've been out there quite a few times now. In fact I lived for 3 months in Childers picking tomatos when I travelled there in my younger days

        I can remember it like it was yesterday, though it was 15 or so years ago but I was at my sisters and the sky just went black. Next thing I know there were golf ball size hail stones coming out of the sky. I'd never seen anything like it! After about 30 minutes, because my sister lived, at the time, in Bondi, all the water started flooding the area. I was in my sisters house and the cat started floating down the hallway as the water started coming up through the floor boards. I had to go outside with her boyfriend and chain his car to the lampost to stop it being carried off.

        Thats nothing compared to what you're going through but as a pom, trust me, I'd never seen anything like it in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kym Lawn
    Regional Warrior, I am pleased that you managed to get out in time, there were some that didn't...

    The flooding here is diabolical.

    There is no real end in sight either since we are still having torrential rain in many areas.

    The floods are the intital problem, then the snakes, then the disease.

    Will, the emergency services are strapped to the max, there so many spots that are underwater and they are doing an incredible job under the circumstances. Most of them are volunteers.

    They were saying on the news the other night that the floods covered an area the size of Texas and we have had more area go under since then.

    Good luck tonight and stay as safe as possible in the floods.
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    Wowsers.

    You folks take care out there as best you can This is a major disaster I can't believe the amount underwater that is horrible.

    Keep us posted if you are able to we are with you
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Hey guys

    Still waiting for the river to peak should be around 11PM tonight , and being part of the State Emergency Service I have flood boat duties till 6 AM so going to be a long night thanks for all the support

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I've lived in mountainous desert area that flash floods. One of our cops in SW Idaho was killed in one last year - went to cross a bridge and the water just came out of nowhere and took him out. So I understand fully what you are going through.....except........

    Intellectually I understand the size of the area you are talking about -- but I don't think there's any way for any of us not seeing it first hand to fully fathom the enormity of what is going on there. It's as if you are sinking instead of flooding.

    If we have any prayers right now, it should be for sunshine.

    It's getting colder and cold means wet - there are a lot of areas flooding right now - a few in the US - France, and several other locations. What isn't helping right now is that the gulf of Mexico water has been turned to sludge thanks to BP and their brilliant Idea to spray that excessively toxic dispersant - it turned the water to muck and with oil also on the bottom, the water has stagnated and it's changing the ocean currents worldwide -- so, I guess we can see the result of that mixed with the cold/wet.

    Would definitely be a good time for a miracle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Its all most 12 am here and the rain is still coming down very hard just checked the level and we have had 6" inchs of rain in the last 2 hours , I can see this is going to be a long night and day here is some of the story going to be printed in todays paper



    The Qld city of Toowoomba has been devastated by a deadly wall of water in scenes reminiscent of a tsunami.


    AT least four people are confirmed dead, including two children, and up to 50 are missing after a massive wall of water carved a trail of devastation through Toowoomba and into the Lockyer Valley yesterday.

    A woman and a boy were found dead in the Toowoomba CBD and a man and a boy were killed after being washed from a home in Murphys Creek.
    Emergency authorities last night feared for 30 people believed to be sheltering in a one-storey wooden school building at Grantham, 100km west of Brisbane.
    Premier Anna Bligh called the disaster the "darkest hour of the last fortnight".
    "Mother Nature has unleashed something shocking out of the Toowoomba region," she said.
    Authorities were working frantically to rescue people in Postmans Ridge, where houses were reportedly swept away, Withcott, Grantham, Helidon and Murphys Creek.


    The crisis in Toowoomba began about 1pm yesterday as fierce waters raged through the city and down the Range.
    Witnesses likened the disaster to a tsunami.
    The river through Gatton rose 9m during the course of the day.
    At least 26 people were pulled to safety from rooftops and last night three times that number were still awaiting rescue.
    Through Toowoomba city and down to the Lockyer Valley, the torrent washed houses off their stumps and snapped 4m-high trees at the base of their trunks.
    Video footage showed families scrambling desperately to get out of their cars as they were washed away in a sea of water.
    Landslides and the wild water picked up cars and tossed them into trees, turning the vehicles some with people still inside into missiles.
    People cowered on their roofs and pleaded to be rescued as the water engulfed homes.
    At least one person is missing at Grantham, and five at Withcott, east of Toowoomba.
    "We have unconfirmed reports out of Grantham that have us holding very grave fears for the safety of a number of people in the Grantham township," Ms Bligh said. "We believe we're looking for at least three young pedestrians and two vehicles that seem to have been washed away."
    She said every possible asset had been deployed but bad weather had hampered efforts.
    The Warrego Highway has been in a number of places which combined with cuts to Bruce Highway would create significant supply issues in to central and western Queensland, she said.
    Outside Toowoomba, the Queensland flood crisis widened dramatically yesterday, with the town of Dalby ravaged by rising waters for the second time in 10 days with 300 homes set to be inundated.
    Last night, heavy rain off the Sunshine Coast prompted further evacuations and another warning the system could head for the Toowoomba region.
    Residents of Ipswich were warned the Bremer River could peak as high as 13m today.
    In Brisbane, council warned 445 properties would be inundated as more water than ever before is released from Wivenhoe Dam and rain continues to fall on the already sodden region.
    Late last night, more than 5600 homes were without power with the Lockyer Valley, Brisbane Valley and Gympie the worst affected areas.
    In Toowoomba, the crisis began when West Creek running through the centre of the town burst its banks, followed by Murphys Creek, at the bottom of the Toowoomba range.
    "It's like an atomic bomb hit this place, or it's like Cyclone Tracy," Lockyer Mayor Steve Jones said. "The intensity was impossible to explain."
    Weather Bureau forecaster Ben Annells described water rises as "meteoric" and said the intensity and speed of the rainfall was at the heart of the crisis.
    "The creeks and rivers around Toowoomba rose incredibly quickly because of the amount of rain that fell on the city between 1pm and 2pm," he said.
    Emergency services desperately called on police to help with swift water rescues, with scores of people left trapped as the waters surged around them.
    While authorities had focused their efforts on Gympie and Dalby where rivers slowly rose, no one was ready when disaster struck Toowoomba.
    "It has just occurred, the heavens have just opened up," Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.
    James Street Motor Inn owner Troy Campbell said the flood happened "so quickly".
    "Today just went from a normal wet day with heavy rain to a day of disaster here," he said.
    "There was a lot of heavy rain here and then all of a sudden some light thunder and lightening and all hell broke loose."
    Last night, it was believed a bridge in south Toowoomba had been destroyed by the raging water and a building had collapsed in the city centre, the Department of Community Safety said.
    Hours after the deluge, rescue crews were still trying to reach pedestrians and motorists who had been swept away.
    Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Peter Taylor said people were "literally . . . swept off their feet."
    The clean-up will continue today if the weather holds but many were already suffering from recent floods.
    Yesterday marked the first day since 1999 that Toowoomba's three major dams were full.
    The Old Bank Bed and Breakfast manager Judith Glenfield said her guests included a family that had to be pulled out of their home by rope yesterday.
    Resident Greg Kowald, 54, said the city centre looked "like an alien planet" yesterday.
    "The destruction is like from the Armageddon, (I) have never seen anything like it," he said. "Cars piled up in the air and jammed under bridges as they were smashed together."
    Postmans Ridge resident Gary Schmidt was left trapped with his two-year-old daughter in his home after the collapse of a nearby bridge.
    "The people who live over the road . . . two to three of their houses have washed away," Mr Schmidt said.
    Fifteen-year-old Matthew Ferries was in a car with his parents around noon.
    "We saw a lounge suite float out of Rowse Furniture and then all of a sudden the rest followed, just floating along in six-foot water.
    "The building across the road also had water pouring out the window and when we came back the whole wall was gone.
    "We then drove near Queens Park and cars were piled up on each other. They looked like Jatz biscuits, just all stacked up."


    as I asked before If anyone feels like saying a prayer for us please do
    there are some people tonight who have lost everything and love ones


    Will try and update later but I have to go do a flood boat run and try to help others



    Cheers Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Jason - Salute to you for staying behind to help rather than fleeing the danger. You are a true Warrior.

    Be careful - and be safe. The world cannot afford to lose people with compassion and valor!
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Absolutely astounding some of the images in the media today. So many have lost so much. A king tide on Wednesday will see many Brisbane suburbs flooded too. And still it's raining. We're told we may see some sunshine on Saturday.

    Take care, Jason. We're soggy but not flooded here so far, and have some spare space if anyone needs a roof over their heads and a dry bed. Mind you, I don't know how they'd get here with the roads cut.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

      Absolutely astounding some of the images in the media today. So many have lost so much. A king tide on Wednesday will see many Brisbane suburbs flooded too. And still it's raining. We're told we may see some sunshine on Saturday.

      Take care, Jason. We're soggy but not flooded here so far, and have some spare space if anyone needs a roof over their heads and a dry bed. Mind you, I don't know how they'd get here with the roads cut.
      Hey Audrey

      Just an update on the floods:

      We have been put on alert as the town will be cut off within the hour , I now have a water view

      in the last 2 hours we have had 95mm of rain , 2 cars next door have been carried away down the road and I have to go as there is a very big storm here will let you know how we get on but it is like hell here now

      take care and be safe

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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    What town are you in, Jason? Been watching the weather radar and the amount of rain that's heading your way won't be fun. :-(
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Oh gosh I just saw the news on TV this morning and it is just devastating. I am in tears watching that and reading Jasons post.

    The news say there are 8 dead and 72 missing. Those poor people sitting on their rooftops waiting to be rescued and the snakes - oh my gosh!

    I think Queensland are getting the last 10 years worth of rain all in one hit! We've been in a drought down here too for the last 10 years and thankfully this year we have rain, but I'm also so thankful that it is not to the degree that you guys are getting it.

    Take care Jason and you too Audrey
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Just a quick update : 50 people have been found in local hall so there is some good news will try and keep you up to date but we are having a hell of a storm here just save a cat from being drowned poor thing got caught in the fence next door

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Hang in there, Jason.

    Sheryl, I'm doing fine, thanks, backyard is a swimming pool and I've just been told I may not get to work this afternoon because the roads are all flooded. But, my house is fine and family and animals all ok. A bit surreal sitting here warm and dry while all this devastation is happening not so far away.

    Very concerned for Jason, sounds like he's in or near the Lockyer Valley and it's an absolute nightmare there today.

    The huge amount of water that's affecting Jason's area is now heading for the Wivenhoe Dam, which is the only thing protecting Brisbane. It's at over 140% capacity. Scary.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

      Hang in there, Jason.

      Sheryl, I'm doing fine, thanks, backyard is a swimming pool and I've just been told I may not get to work this afternoon because the roads are all flooded. But, my house is fine and family and animals all ok. A bit surreal sitting here warm and dry while all this devastation is happening not so far away.

      Very concerned for Jason, sounds like he's in or near the Lockyer Valley and it's an absolute nightmare there today.

      The huge amount of water that's affecting Jason's area is now heading for the Wivenhoe Dam, which is the only thing protecting Brisbane. It's at over 140% capacity. Scary.
      Audrey

      Thanks for the kind words and support , I am in the Southern Downs and as of now we are cut off the river is going to pass what we had over xmas about 15mts and the volume of water is amazing , we also have at least 3 private dams that may break there banks very soon so it is a touch scary on that front

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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Famous last words, just had an evacuation order for our area. Going to pack up my two kiddies and four dogs and move on out for a while. Rather leave early than end up trying to juggle them all at the last minute.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Where are you Audrey? Near Brisbane?

    Wow, that is terrible, I hope you have somewhere to go! Your doing the right thing, best to get your kids and pets out safely and not risk any danger leaving it too late.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Audrey

    Sorry to see you have to leave be safe , we are now waiting for the river to breach and hopefully it wont be to bad , lost one of our sheds about 10 mins ago guess I will find it sometime this week down the road. You have to keep some sence of humor here or you would cry due to all the damage that has been done and what we have to look forward to...
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Here is another update of the floods here

    UPDATE 1PM: SOUTHERN Downs Ron Bellingham has warned the region to brace itself for a flood "equal to the Christmas flood or bigger than 1976".
    The mayor said the Bureau of Meteorology had not yet forecast the river height but the Condamine River and all tributaries continued to rise at alarming levels.
    The river could peak at eight or possible nine metres by mid-afternoon.
    "In Warwick, the SES and council staff have door-knocked residences and businesses within the 100 year flood line, which is beyond the flood of 27 December," Cr Bellingham said.
    He said that of current concern was Gravel Creek at Killarney.
    "People are telling me it is as high as locals have ever seen it," he said.
    It is understood that the Condamine River at The Head has burst its banks after 46mm since 8am and this water will reach Killarney later today – and Warwick later – with no sign of heavy rain letting up. 
    Flood levels in Stanthorpe are also expected to be as high, if not higher, than the 1976 flood levels and around 25 homes have been evacuated as a precaution.
    Sandbagging continues at Allora where Dalrymple Creek is on the rise.


    Looks like it is going to be rough night ahead
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  • Profile picture of the author Michelle Adams
    Sheryl Audrey is close to Caboolture which is now isolated and low lying residents have been asked to move to high ground which sounds like what Audrey is doing. Glad to hear you're leaving early Aud. Our thoughts are with you, Jason and all the other Queenslanders dealing with this disaster.

    Anyone who feels like donating you can do so here (there are details for International donations too:
    How to donate to the flood relief appeal | Courier Mail Please help.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Michelle Adams View Post

      Sheryl Audrey is close to Caboolture which is now isolated and low lying residents have been asked to move to high ground which sounds like what Audrey is doing. Glad to hear you're leaving early Aud. Our thoughts are with you, Jason and all the other Queenslanders dealing with this disaster.

      Anyone who feels like donating you can do so here (there are details for International donations too:
      How to donate to the flood relief appeal | Courier Mail Please help.

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      Wow, I hope Audrey is out of there - I heard on the news that the roads in and out of Caboolture are all closed now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        I'd just like to send my heartfelt best wishes to all the great Australians we have here most especially all you poor lot caught up in this terrible disaster.

        Watching the way you're all dealing with this, that great sense of humour and and what can only be described as a bloody stiff upper lip, you are all proud and brave people I admire a great deal.

        I can't quite believe this is happening to such a decent bunch.
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        • Profile picture of the author joscarff
          Hope everyone's doing ok - Jason, Audrey...?

          Floods spreading down the coast to northern NSW now. Relatives of mine in the little town of Copmanhurst near Grafton have been cut off from town. They're all wishing they'd done the groceries yesterday when they had the chance! The river in Grafton town is almost up to the bridge - which is a stunning sight. Have been on the phone to my grandmother who lives alone near the river. Think I've convinced her to get up to the pub now - even if nothing's happening, so at least she's not alone if it all changes overnight.

          And just 12 months ago it was so hot and dry it was cooking your eyes in your head. What a mad country this is.
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    I'm here on the Gold Coast (just south of Brisbane) and so far we're missing the very heavy rain but watching TV on the devastation in Toowoomba and down at Grantham it looks like a war zone.

    Now Brisbane and Ipswich going to have flood levels higher than the massive floods in 1974. Please send your prayers to all those being affected.

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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    I'd get the hell out of brisbane today because by tomorrow people will be panicking

    they are now saying thursday will be the worst day

    For us Kiwis queensland is the place you go to escape all the crap - not at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    Not all Kiwis are escaping. Emergency personnel and Red Cross workers are on the way across the ditch from New Zealand to help us Queenslanders.

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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    "By Wednesday high tide, tomorrow afternoon at about 3 o'clock, we will see it at 4.5 metres and the current predictions indicate that the river will continue to rise into Thursday, with flood levels expected higher than the 1974 peak.

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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    My prayers to those down-under and going-under-water now.

    The videos are very dramatic but i had to remind myself it was only in miniature. I can't imagine in real size. I just hope people weren't in all those cars.

    I am still thinking between all the weird world wide weather and the dead birds falling out of the sky that iT all has to do with the full moon eclipse on the winter solstice around (20 Dec) 2010

    the last one was 700 years ago. We will not see the next one.
    ... and it came with a massive meteor shower...

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...lsticeeclipse/

    Stay Dry!
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      I am still thinking between all the weird world wide weather and the dead birds falling out of the sky that iT all has to do with the full moon eclipse on the winter solstice (20 Dec) 2010 (down-under thats 12/21/10)
      The experts put it down to a particularly bad La Niña weather pattern.

      It's a harsh country we live in. Floods, bushfires, droughts, occasional earthquakes, and more animals that can kill you than any other nation on Earth.

      To top it all off, cyclone season hasn't started yet, which is only going to exacerbate the current situation when it does kick in.

      Paradise comes at a price.

      In case anyone is interested and cares to do so, the Queensland Government has an official site where donations can be made:

      Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal
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      • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
        Hey Sal, probably the best place is one of the state government's flood relief appeal, either whateverpedia's link or Kezz's.

        Sheryl, thanks for thinking of us. Where I live, we're right out of the fire now. The rain has gone, the waters are receding and the roads are all open today, although more than a few roads have structural damage. We're quite a long way from the Brisbane River, so we're at no risk of any more flooding as the river rises. Just a lot of cleaning up to do for some people.

        Not sure about what's happening out Jason's way, the only news on the media right now is about the river levels in Brisbane itself. I hope we hear from him soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Its kind of ironic in a way, we have been in the middle of a 100+ year drought and now we have major flooding.

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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    Yeah they are also saying the big dam will be over capacity for some time and there is a king tide next week - so this wont be over for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Hi All

    Well we are truly cut off from the world 8mts of water going to be 9mts tonight! best part is that the rain has stopped and has been for the last 3 hours rather very eerie not having the rain poor down as it has been for the last 3 months

    Now just have to wait for the water to go down in a few days to see how much damage we have to the house and sheds "oh and we have a pool" ad some extra value to the house lol

    cheers Jase
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Hey guys I just opened up a fundraiser in the WSO section - every cent is going straight to the disaster relief fund.

    Two warriors have already donated within the first 5 minutes which is fantastic.

    If you could help me spread the word at all that would be really appreciated.

    Any help you can give would be wonderful!

    Thanks guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Jase, glad to hear you're okay. The rain has stopped but the end isn't in sight yet. The Brisbane River is going to flood around 6500 homes, and 1/3 of the city of Ipswich will go under by the weekend. We're only 10 minutes drive from Caboolture, and it's completely cut off by floodwaters from the Caboolture River. I've never seen anything like this before.

    Although I packed up my kids, dogs and laptop, I didn't end up leaving because all but one of the roads out of my place were under water, and that last road was a bit dubious. Bit hard to evacuate when there's no way out! Fortunately, we stayed dry and things are looking okay from where I am.

    Was that you standing by your car in the carpark that was the highway north, Paul?

    Thanks to all for your concern, and for the fundraising WSO's, 75% of this state is now affected and people need all the help they can get.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

      Jase, glad to hear you're okay. The rain has stopped but the end isn't in sight yet. The Brisbane River is going to flood around 6500 homes, and 1/3 of the city of Ipswich will go under by the weekend. We're only 10 minutes drive from Caboolture, and it's completely cut off by floodwaters from the Caboolture River. I've never seen anything like this before.

      Although I packed up my kids, dogs and laptop, I didn't end up leaving because all but one of the roads out of my place were under water, and that last road was a bit dubious. Bit hard to evacuate when there's no way out! Fortunately, we stayed dry and things are looking okay from where I am.

      Was that you standing by your car in the carpark that was the highway north, Paul?

      Thanks to all for your concern, and for the fundraising WSO's, 75% of this state is now affected and people need all the help they can get.
      Audrey

      Glad you are ok I am very very tired from the flood boat today the only sad part of the whole day was loosing the little 4yr old boy out of the SES boat in Ipswich really broke my heart , off to get some needed sleep

      Take Care

      Jason
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

        Audrey

        Glad you are ok I am very very tired from the flood boat today the only sad part of the whole day was loosing the little 4yr old boy out of the SES boat in Ipswich really broke my heart , off to get some needed sleep

        Take Care

        Jason
        Mate,

        I can't believe you've had to go through that.

        This whole thing is just surreal.

        I'm so sorry you had to go through that when all you're trying to do is your bloody best to help people.

        I'm in total shock here, heaven knows how you lot are doing. It's a testimony to all of your strenth and honour.

        Keep it up Jason, the people around you, need people, like you.

        Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I've seen 3 fundraiser WSO's and bought all 3 I probably don't need them - although your Pet PLR looks great Audrey, I will be using those!

    I just sent out an email to my list too with the links to all three WSO's - hopefully it might get you a couple of sales
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  • Profile picture of the author RachelCorrine
    I heard on the BBC today that these floods will have a global effect, especially regarding the rising costs of wheat and sugar. We are praying for the Australians!
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by RachelCorrine View Post

      I heard on the BBC today that these floods will have a global effect, especially regarding the rising costs of wheat and sugar.
      Not to mention a host of natural resources as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Hey Sheryl, thanks for the shout out to your list, that's fantastic!
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    It's a beautiful sunny Queensland morning here today but the water keeps on coming down the Brisbane & Bremer Rivers. More & more suburbs are now being flooded and major roads and motorways are cut.Electricity to many flood effected areas are being cut and people are moving to evacuation centres.

    Ipswich (just west of Brisbane with 170,000 residents) will reach their flood peak this morning with Brisbane peak's expected this afternoon & tomorrow.

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I think it would be best to hear from our friends in the fire before we sling our cash at some agency who won't put funds where needed and where we expect it to go.

    Audrey - Jason - where is the best place to donate? Whose actually in there helping you folks that's taking money?
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    To all

    The best place to donate is the Queensland Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal site set up by the Queensland State Government at Donate to the flood relief appeal

    All funds are being directed to those have been affected and do not include emergency funding being provided by our Australian Federal government nor by the Queensland state government.


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    • Profile picture of the author sans
      My Daughter went over to QLD to work for a month in Rockhampton. she was suppose to be back for Christmas but got caught up in flood and stayed to help out,
      she lost most of her property including her ID she managed to get to Childers and because no ID the bank wont let her get her money out. So now even though she is safe she is stuck there with people that took her in and are taking care of her.

      I put some money in the ladies bank for taking care of my girl but they have nothing to buy
      nothing much left in stores.

      I am here in WA and am in shock with what is going on over there and am so Angry with the arsonist over here.
      I hope the residents get to them before the police because they deserve a beating instead of a cushy prison cell.

      I will pray for all of you in Queensland.
      Bless you all
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Hiya HeySal - the appeal that myself and others are running fundraisers for, linked to by "Lazy" above, is managed by the QLD government.

    So it's not a private agency or anything, and while of course we all have issues with our respective governments, it will be administered as well as humanly possible.

    All donations from both within Australia and from other countries are going through this appeal.

    So far 32 million has been raised, but the damage toll is expected to be several billion so we're all pitching in to try and help as much as we can.

    Here's some more info if anyone would like it: 24-7 Flood Info Centre | Qld Floods | Latest news on the Queensland Floods | News.com.au
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  • Profile picture of the author Raja Kamil
    My condolence to my Australian friend. I wish Yaro Starak will be fine. Btw he's in Sydney right?
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    Yaro did live in Brisbane where the floods are today so hope he's OK.The suburb he was living in while close to the city is hilly so there shouldn't be a problem.

    However, this is also our major summer holiday time so many people are away from their homes at the moment.

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    Has Audrey or Jason been around today? Just want to make sure that they are both ok!
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    Oh good to see you Audrey - I hadn't seen anything from you or Jason today and started to worry

    Good to know you're out of the danger zone!
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin2010
    WOW this is so gut wrenching. It is absolutely amazing that this can be classed as nature.

    There are so many natural disasters that it's becoming ever more frightening.

    My heart goes out to all concerned and let's hope that everyone gets out safe and sound.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I'm so glad the worst is over for now. I think our prayers should be that it doesn't start raining again soon.

    I'd like to hear from Jason, too - but from the sounds of what he was going through on the rescue missions, he's probably either still out there getting people to safety or grabbing some much needed sleep. I've never seen Jason on the forums before - at least never really noticed him. From my introduction to him here all I can say is that I have major respect and admiration for that man. Flood rescue, for those who don't understand, is extremely dangerous and takes a lot of skill and bravery.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    In memory of a young hero. Jordan Rice aged 13, swept away in flash flood in Toowoomba. Jordan told the rescuers to save his younger brother Blake (10) 1st, before losing his own life... Jordan you are an angel in disguise. May you get your wings now in heaven R.I.P.



    They interviewed the guy that rescued Blake (the younger brother), he was in tears as he told the story. He said Jordan wouldn't go with him but told him to take his little brother. Jordan couldn't swim yet he still put his brother first. He told them to rescue his Mum first too.

    When they came back for him it was too late, him and his mother were swept away in the flood and their bodies were found later.

    It's stories like this that are just so sad and have me in tears when I sit and watch the news
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    wowsers Sheryl that is some kid. heroes come in every size and shape. at least he is definitely in a better place than we can imagine.
    my heart goes out to the family
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    Heartbreaking. What a hero that boy was, and will continue to be.

    My heart goes out to my Australian friends. I wish there was more I could do than just donate and spread the word.

    I'm trained to be an EMT, and if I could manage to get there, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    It is sad to know that this things happen but we cannot control the mother nature. All we have to do is to pray that this things will not happen to us.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Sheryl - I'm not an overly compassionate person - but you got me with that one. If only there were a way we could see this side of our heroes without having tragedy strike to find it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    An interesting (frightening?) stat to put things in perspective:

    Area affected by Hurricane Katrina: 223,000 square kilometres;

    Area affected in Queensland floods: 1,000,000 square kilometres.
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    Yeah four times as big - but they have kept casualties down to almost nothing for that size of a disaster. Says a lot about that country and its people.
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      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Yeah four times as big - but they have kept casualties down to almost nothing for that size of a disaster. Says a lot about that country and its people.
      To be fair though, the population density is a lot less.

      On a lighter note - nothing can keep the Aussie sense of humour down.

      Outside Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium there is a statue of one of Queensland's favourite sons, rugby league legend Wally Lewis. Someone has put goggles, a snorkle and floaties on it.

      Rising flood menace strangles Brisbane | The Daily Telegraph

      (Not a very good picture, but you get the idea).
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  • Profile picture of the author CR
    Our local tv just showed this government site for the latest news and for donations too.
    Queensland floods : Queensland Government
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    What a worst tragedy..
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Kezz View Post

      Hey guys I just opened up a fundraiser in the WSO section - every cent is going straight to the disaster relief fund.

      Two warriors have already donated within the first 5 minutes which is fantastic.

      If you could help me spread the word at all that would be really appreciated.

      Any help you can give would be wonderful!

      Thanks guys.
      I just bought the WSO and just wanted to let everyone here know it's a good blueprint. It requires a very minimal set of skills but has the potential to make you some decent money, and once it's set up it shouldn't take much time at all to maintain.

      Here's the link to the WSO, help out our Aussie cousins and do something for yourself at the same time. Win/win!

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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    G/day guys

    I am still alive and kicking , thanks for the well wishes and some new friends I have on here as you know I have been a tad busy and only today have i really had some sleep but very much needed at that

    I think the hardest part will be trying to get back into the swing of things again , I have seen some things that I would not wish anyone else to see, one thing I know I may have wrote some dribble about the WSOs that are going about and please excuse if I came across an arse about it , I didn't know the facts and just sprouted off so sorry If I offended anyone.

    I came across some female kittens in a box floating on the river and I have named them "Audrey,Sheryl & Hey Sal" I gave them to a little 6yr old girl to look after and the smile on her face said it all for me , I din't have the heart to name a horse "Lazy" lol I could not do it to the poor thing
    I know some call me a hero and as nice as it is I was just doing something the town that I live in and to try and help some of the pain this flood has caused to the wonderful people who live here.

    Anyway I have to start thinking about my software now, I wanted to relaunch it at the start of Jan lol fat lot of good that did , flood is over and I have to move on once more to all who sent PMs and wishes to the people of Queensland we thank you from the bottom of our hearts

    Ok getting emotional now need to end this

    Cheers Jason
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    Awww, that's so sweet naming the kittens after us

    Good to see you around Jason and in our eyes you are a hero
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Hey Jason, glad to hear things are starting to settle a bit again for you now mate.

    As much as it's horrible to go through something like this, the one good thing is it lets you see the best of people as they pull together at a time like this. Sometimes you start to think people are a pretty rotten bunch, but when something like this happens it makes you rethink your view.

    I saw one cool story on the news I thought was awesome.

    There was a couple down here (Victoria) who had their house wiped out during the Black Saturday fires. So someone from Queensland gave them a caravan they could use for shelter while they got back on your feet - not cheap and it saved their butts.

    And now they're filling it up with bedding and food and all the other supplies they can and sending it back to QLD for someone who has lost their home up there. So the acts of kindness have gotten to go full circle.

    I don't come over all sentimentally patriotic very often, but that type of thing makes me pretty darn proud of my fellow Aussies.

    Keep it up Jason, you'll pull through stronger than ever.

    P.S. Sorry I haven't spent much time in this thread, I've been trying to put all my time into doing what I can to raise money for the appeal. Will try to check in more often and see how you're going.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Just looked at hose pics Paul - how heartbreaking would it be to return to your home and find it like that - just heartbreaking.

    It is just incredible how much damage water can do - terrible!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    I hope you Aussies are having a better day today than you did yesterday. I'm trying to plan a trip out there as soon as I can. I met some of the most wonderful people while rebuilding houses after Katrina back in college.

    I can only imagine how wonderful you all would be. The Aussie collective spirit is nothing short of amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lynette Crase
    Just saw on the news that there has been flooding in Victoria today. They showed the massive wall of cloud on the weather map. It went from the top of Qld down to the bottom of Victoria.

    On the news last night it showed that there had been flooding in a couple of places here in South Australia yesterday. We got a fair bit of rain here yesterday afternoon and night but it has cleared up today. I think we must have got the very edge of it.

    It's been kind of surreal to watch all of the news footage. Yesterday they showed the Brisbane CBD from a helicopter, as well as all of the surrounding area.

    It's been so weird. Just unbelievable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Yeah it's craziness, it's flooding all around my home town where my parents still live. It's almost every state now but WA, which has bushfires instead. Geeze...

    I actually inspected a house to rent in Carisbrook VIC not 6 months ago that is now flooded out.

    Madness....
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Wow Jason. Thank you for the tribute. I can only hope little furry Hey Sal is much more behaved for you all than little human Sal was for her parents.
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