Flood update…


Hi all. Well it seems our city has had something of a lucky escape with peak flood levels about a metre lower than anticipated. Despite this, many thousands of people still had/have their houses severely inundated and over coming days face the awful task of cleaning the thick silty mud from their homes. Our hearts go out to them. There are also 55 people still missing and 60,000 homes without power. Thankfully, we’ve been safe from harms way and yesterday ventured out for a walk along the receding river near our house. Above we’re checking out the swollen river.

Looking at the debris was very distressing, water tanks, plastic containers full of breakfast cereal, footballs, baby toys, books, refrigerators, lounge cushions and even a dining table all floating down the river. Heartbreakingly sad…

With many of the major roads closed there was still an eerie silence, made even more unnerving when coming upon a scene like the one below – this is the Inner City Bypass (ICB), one of the major freeways through the city. What you can see below is the tunnel at the start of the ICB completely full to the top with water.

Below are some of the surrounding streets…

In the shot below the sign on the right advertising a new development notes the “River City Views”…

This staffy was high and dry on a pile of sandbags guarding his owner’s business…

These people were moving their possessions by canoe…

This is the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel which suffered water damage – in the foreground is the flooded freeway tunnel. In the shot underneath you can clearly see the high water mark on the hotel’s signage and front doors and wall.

And here we are looking at the floodwater with disbelief in nearby Newstead.

You may have heard that shortly after the flood peak 300 metres of Brisbane’s iconic Newfarm floating concrete walkway (weighing 181 tonnes!) broke free and catapulted down the river towards the bay creating a major emergency. You can read the amazing story here. We were incredibly sad as mum and dad take us for walks there all the time. The AUD$17 million structure is unlikely to be rebuilt. This is me and Gigi on the floating walkway in September last year. So sad.

Over the next few days everyone’s focus will be on the clean-up of people’s homes and businesses which will last for weeks.

If you live in Queensland you can volunteer to assist by registering with Volunteering Queensland here (mum and dad are doing this).

And don’t forget you can also donate to the Premier of Queensland’s flood relief appeal here.
© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.
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