Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And so the city goes under...

yesterday afternoon the brisbane River burst its banks and the water has continued to rise in the CBD since. Floodwaters are expected to peak is at 4am tomorrow somewhere around 5.4metres and stay there until Saturday. The following images were taken early afternoon, most of them are now at least a metre higher, when the image of people walking through steel arches at Southbankwas taken the water was about 1m deep, it would now be over most of their heads.










We have family and friend who have been evacuated from their homes but who are all accounted for; we are safe and dry in the bush and not near the river at all. We had blue skys and sunshine all day but as I type I can here the rain pouring again!

The death toll now stands at 12 people, half of them children. 62 people are still reported missing.

This story will break your heart
This one and this one will make you smile

Here you can watch live local abc news from anywhere in the world and follw links to amazing video footage and story details.
Thank you for all your kind words and thoughts, it is so horrible.

8 comments:

Wabi-Sabi Wanderings said...

Your posts about this really do a *lot* to fix the disconnect that can happen when one listens to it on the news. So far away. So devestating. So real.

You are all in our thoughts...

M. Bloom said...

Oh, my goodness -- I'm so sorry to hear about all this... how difficult & heartbreaking. I pray the floodwaters clear soon...

Val said...

I'm so glad to hear that you & your family are safe and dry and that those you know are safe too... it sounds truly awful

I hope it gets better soon for all of you and no one else is lost.
With much love xxxx

Bec said...

*hugs* glad to hear you and your family are safe! Such a scary sad thing and as someone who lived in QLD for 27 years I feel like I need to be there, seems odd I suppose, but its really only the beginning, what a recovery effort will be needed.

TwigandToadstool said...

So happy that you and your family are safe & dry! The unpredictability of nature is just mind blowing...I feel so awful for all those who have lost loved ones in these floods...our love and prayers are with all those affected.
xo maureen

MM said...

Family? Who?

Shannon said...

Not 'our' family MM but J's mum.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Ah!