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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 8:07am (Jan 14th 2011)
     
    It is still raining here and up north but not quite as heavy. Brisbane (Queensland) has been badly damaged, no power for 2 days. The rising waters have now devastated towns in New South Wales with more loss of life and now things are looking bad here in Victoria. There were flash floods today in Melbourne (our capital one hour away) and in the countryside too.
    More rain and rising waters predicted. We are pretty safe personally although you do have to keep an eye on the street drains, but it's just awful for thousands of people. We never get this much rain in summer here although Queensland is now in what they call 'the wet' season.

    Hoards of volunteers have turned up to help with the clean up but many areas are still unsafe or inaccessable as the water can take so long to recede.
    I have had to stop watching news bulletins as I just cry, especially at all the animal stories.

    Up along the Queensland coast the muddy water pouring into the sea can be seen all the way up north 2,000 kms along the coast and up to 100kms out from the coast. Marine and wild life are being threatened and so is the Great Barrier Reef. It is being called the greatest ever natural disaster here.

    As Kate said, fires last year now floods, what next? You cant stop the forces of nature but wonder how much is caused by man himself!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 1:01pm (Jan 14th 2011)
     
    I have friends who live west of Brisbane..a place called Woodenbong and have been worrying for them.

    Yes, one does wonder how much of this is man made..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 7:57pm (Jan 14th 2011)
     
    We're thinking of you, Julie...look after yourself. And Brian. And your lickle boy! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2011 9:06pm (Jan 14th 2011)
     
    Oh Julie, how terrible. I don't understand why we suddenly have these terrible extremes of weather now. I try not to watch too much because it upsets me, but I read what I see and we often talk about what we've read/heard/seen. Our news reports this morning showed the people all getting together and clearing up. One lady said her house was full of people she didn't know all helping to clean up. Its fantastic that people are pulling together like that.

    There was also a brief piece about Brazil and it showed a woman trying to hold a rope from a helicopter in one had and her dog in the other as she jumped into fast flowing water. The dog was pulled out of her arms and that made me cry. I suspect there are lots of those stories in Oz.

    It was also good to hear that the Queen has made a private donation to the fund. I haven't seen or heard anything about a relief fund - has anyone else? I hope you and your family remain safe TM. x
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2011 2:49am (Jan 15th 2011)
     
    There is a relief fund here where we can donate at our local Coles supermarket and most of our friends have done that. We said every little bit helps.

    The footage from the Brazil floods was really sad too.

    Ah I get it Shobhna....Woollongong!!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2011 7:50pm (Jan 15th 2011)
     
    Julie, I've been reading your local paper online, to see how bad it was there in Geelong..I hope you will stay safe where you are and things won't get any worse for you. This is such a horrible thing..floods always are. :face-crying:

    We too have terrible floods here in Washington state, we are watching our rivers right now, as we have had so much heavy rain with more to come.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 8:11am (Jan 16th 2011)
     
    We just drove down to the Barwon river near here and could not believe how high it has risen, the road along the river has disappeared and to get to our married son across town one has to go the long way round due to the floods as Geelong is chopped in two by a big river with only 3 bridges and a breakwater which is under water. We always think if one of the bridges goes out it would be chaos.
    Fortunately we live quite a good distance above the river although you we are not really aware of it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 3:39pm (Jan 16th 2011)
     
    Its good to hear that you have some height above the river. Has your son? It must be very frightening.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2011 7:12am (Jan 17th 2011)
     
    Yep we are all safe from the water at this stage, juast so many sad stories on the news each night, I cant watch them all as it's just so upsetting.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2011 1:55pm (Jan 17th 2011)
     
    Trevs Mum, it is Woodenbong. The Big Foot lives there !! :-) so they told me when I was staying there.:face-smile:
    http://www.whereis.com/nsw/woodenbong#session=MTA=

    and yes, it is horrid and sad about the floods.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 8:34am (Feb 2nd 2011)
     
    Well the weather is proving to be as tempermental as ever here in OZ. The poor people in Southern Queensland are starting to clean up from the floods and now in coastal Northern Queensland (Innisfail, Cairns and Townsville) they are waitng for the worst ever tropical cyclone in Australian history. 'Yasi' is due to arrive in about 4-5 hours. The coastal areas have been advised to evacuate as it is all low lying flat land and everyone at the hospitals have been evacuated to Brisbane. Cyclone eye is 70km across and the whole thing is about 500kms across.
    In 2006 Innisfail was almost wiped out and this one is far worse, winds 170-295kms a hour and unfortunatley high tide is due around the same time so a tsunami warning has also been issued.

    Mother nature is having a big tantrum here. In my state, Victoria, their are bush fires again in country areas and up at the border 3-4 hours away some of the towns are still on flood alert from slow moving waters from up North......and you are freezing your whatsies off over there.

    It makes me appreciate how fortunate I am to live in an area that expereinces very little in extremes of nature.

    Keep cosy and healthy everyone as there seem to be a few colds in hencam land.:bighug:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 5:52pm (Feb 2nd 2011)
     
    Those poor people...:heart:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 8:40pm (Feb 2nd 2011)
     
    Yes, feeling for them all. Mother Nature has definitely been fighting back these past few years...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2011 10:47pm (Feb 2nd 2011)
     
    It looks very scary on the news TM. Glad to hear you're OK but really feel for those people in the middle of it all. I know someone in the US who has been snowed in for ages and now mother nature is dumping even more snow on them. And we Brits complain about OUR weather!