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Unstoppable tide hits Brisbane

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 07:10 PM
reply to post by Havick007

My heartfelt condolences to the countless people affected by this HUGE disaster! Aside from just simple human empathy, Australia is an important ally of the US. What next?!


posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 08:05 PM
reply to post by foxhoundone

hahaha you dont know aussies do ya?
there would be nothing like that occuring this is australia not america

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 08:48 PM
reply to post by questcequecest

Are you replying to the guy that recommended preparations to bar the northerners from coming down South to escape the calamity...? I'm sure there's 1 million spare beds in my city and the rural townships will be fighting to host their 'mates' from Queensland.

We wont care how much it costs us!

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 08:56 PM

Originally posted by squandered
reply to post by questcequecest

Are you replying to the guy that recommended preparations to bar the northerners from coming down South to escape the calamity...? I'm sure there's 1 million spare beds in my city and the rural townships will be fighting to host their 'mates' from Queensland.

We wont care how much it costs us!

From what I've been seeing on the news people are bending over backwards to help each other.

It's the rest I'm worried about. No matter where I go to view a live stream, there are sadistic ignorant morons joking and talking crap.

But then in regards to those in the hot spots, that is home. Many small business also will not just up and leave. Many are determined to start again, rebuild and go on.

I really cannot even start to imagine what it would be like to lose everything in such a helpless way, where you are just watching the water slowly creep up to consume your every posession, let alone being unable to get to loved ones...

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 09:18 PM
reply to post by badw0lf

All I can say from being a Victorian, is that the people living through the aftermath of the bushfire destruction also bound together and of course the donations from the average person mean so much more than any amount of money from the government. In fact recent Rudd's activity shows him in a new light. He was obviously exhausted on TV last night.

It's going to get ugly when the floods clear and the clean up is under way. There will be psychological trauma, funds embezzled or wasted and massive, massive time wasting due to red tape and insurance companies digging their feet in. There will inquests and so many people will be called into account - some people will vent their frustrations all at one point. Did I mention frustrations...?

The upside is that you'll all (we) know each other that bit better. You know that you can join forces and create something special. When it's 'out of sight, out of mind' people will quickly forget, but there's still going to be more people willing to offer a hand then there was before.

The haters are jealous. Call me racist but most of the haters are from 3rd world countries. We put them to shame. They feel like they deserve a country of willing helpers to save them every time calamity strikes and they hate us for showing them up. Look at Pakistan. Indeed they were arming themselves in a 'every man for himself' scenario.

I advise you and everybody here to ignore the haters.You have to tune into the things that make you happy.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 09:33 PM
I live in NSW and we recently had our worst floods ever recorded, but nothing like what is happening in Queensland. You are correct about the insurance companies though. Yesterday a local business here had a tv interview where they stated they still had no help from their insurance company. The floods were in October, so over three months ago - how's that for slow!

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 09:46 PM
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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 09:48 PM
My thoughts today are with the helpers cleaning up the devasated smaller towns below the Great Dividing Range.. where the walls of water went after flowing out of Toowoomba.

It is hard to understand the impact if you don't see what has happened... entire small towns wiped out, houses gone, infrustructure gone and sadly many people missing or dead.

What is happening in Brisbane today is miniscule compared to what occured in the past two days in this area. A friend of mine lost his Grandma and young Niece in the flash flood that hit Toowoomba two days back.. they walked out a shop door at the wrong time and were swept away never to be seen alive again.. it happened so damn fast.

I'm 50 miles sout of Toowomba and we've been isolated by the Condmaine for a few days.. a couple more until the roads may be open.. and even here people went into panic buying mode yesterday, so that all shops have no bread, milk and some other essentials. I saw people filling shopping trolleys with bread, milk and just about anything else they could get their hands on.

Many people have volunteered to assit in the preparations, the evacuations and now will do so in the clean up to come when the water subsides.

From all of us here I thank you for your well wishes and hopes for the people of this district.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:03 PM

Originally posted by foxhoundone
OK, Lets take this as a SHTF happening scenario. Slightly of topic so apolz OP. When post Brisbane evacuees start leaving their suburbs and the mass migration of displaced souls starts moving your way to Victoria, Whats your survival plan, Hope you have made efforts to reinforce your home with extra wood and maybe steel sheets for glass doors, If you live near open civic land will it be requisitioned for displaced persons "temporary homes"

Also if you have access to a well make sure its well hidden and concealed, hide and lock any useful stuff that maybe of value to an evacuee, Sorry not trying to scare monger just making sure you got your survival head tuned in.. Good luck and stay posted..

or...... offer any extra rooms you have to help out a fellow australian family who are in need, tell them they must help out and try to do what they can to help themselves back on their feet, share your well water, give away anything you do not need or can afford.

if everybody did what they can, as well as government aid, and charities, there would be no hungry desperate people trying to take your stuff in the first place.

i believe if everybody had the attitude to lock up their stuff and not help, it would create the situation you fear in the first place.

if there is one thing these floods have been showing me, it is the fact that people are coming together and helping each other, i have no doubt most of these people never spoke or said hi to each other before.
i have faith in humans, long may it continue.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:07 PM
reply to post by lifeform11

If all Humans on Earth were like the People in Australia,we wouldnt have this many Problems *sigh*

I envy you somehow...

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:32 PM

Originally posted by Havick007
News Update:

NSW feeling the effects of the floods:

1700 NSW residents cut off by floods

More than 1700 people are stranded in their homes by floodwaters in northern NSW, as river levels continue to rise.

The State Emergency Service (SES) says that the number of people cut off is expected to increase, as more rain falls on Tuesday.

Areas around Grafton, bordered by the Clarence River, are of most concern to the SES on Tuesday, spokesman Phil Campbell said.

'The Clarence River is probably the big problem for us today,' he said.

edit on 11-1-2011 by Havick007 because: (no reason given)

Hello from the Grafton coalface. As I sit and type this I can see the helicopter that NSW Premier Kristina Kenneally is in touring the flood effected area around me. Our levee wall is 8 metres and it looks like the flood waters are going to stabilise at around 7.8 metres *whew*.

Here is the latest graph showing the flood waters as at around 10 minutes ago. This is a 4 day outlook and shows just how quickly this situation occurred. Graph goes from less than 2 metres in height to almost 8 metres in less than 24 hours. We are totally isolated at the moment in all directions and people are panic buying groceries and fuel.


Hopefully we won't need to evacuate and the levee bank will hold, but the warning to begin preparations has been given for the smaller townships downstream from Grafton.


Some info about the river itself:

The Clarence River drops around 256m over its 343km length.

24 creeks and rivers flow into the Clarence River. The five longest tributaries are: Mann River, Rocky (Timbarra) River, Orara River, Cataract River and Koreelah Creek

News article:

12 January, 2011 1:36PM AEDTPremier Kristina Keneally visits NSW flood regionsThe NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has made a Natural Disaster declaration for the Clarence Valley.

Kristina Keneally is this morning inspecting the flood damage and the Grafton levee.

About two thousand people in the downriver villages of Ulmurra, Cowper and Brushgrove have been advised to be prepared for evacuations.

About 900 people remain isolated by flood waters in the Tabulam, Urbenville and Bonalbo areas.

Minor flooding continues in parts of the Richmond River catchment, including Coraki and Bungawalbin.

The Pacific Highway is cut by floodwaters between Grafton and Coffs Harbour and at Maclean, and the Bruxner Highway remains closed between Casino and Tenterfield.

The Orara Way, which is the alternative route between Coffs and Grafton, is also closed in both directions.

The Gwydir Highway remains closed between Grafton and Glen Innes, and the Summerland Way has been closed overnight from Grevillia to the Queensland border.

edit on 11-1-2011 by heffo7 because: edit to add some info about the Clarence River

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posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:34 PM
reply to post by Shenon

I'm pretty certain that Germans post WWII did an incredible job of rebuilding

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:40 PM
reply to post by Kryties

Not sure if this has been posted before. But that dude wasn't letting the air out of his tires, he was use locking hubs to make the vehicle a 4 wheel drive.

posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 11:11 PM
reply to post by C0bzz

Apparently he actually was letting the air out... the model is too new to unlock the hubs.

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 02:23 AM
Photos sent in to 9MSN.. 196 so far so it takes a while to see them all.

Flood Photos

Someone said this is Queensland's "Katrina", and in these photos it does seem like it.

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 02:39 AM
Thanks to everyone for their support and kind words.

*** News Update***

Major search and rescue effort starts

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 » 01:09pm

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says a major search and rescue effort will be launched to find 67 missing people in the Lockyer Valley as the state braces for further flooding.

The premier, flanked by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, described it as the 'worst natural disaster in our history'.

Ms Bligh said the number of dead remained at 10, with about 67 people still missing in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, where flash flooding had caught many families by surprise.

*** News Update***

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 » 04:51pm

Gillard visits flood-hit Brisbane

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned of darker days ahead in flood-hit southern Queensland.

As the Queensland flood death toll hit 12, Ms Gillard spent Wednesday in briefings with emergency officials and visited flood-hit residents who had evacuated to a centre at the Brisbane showgrounds.

A total of 67 people remained missing in flash floods west of Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon, and residents of 20,000 Brisbane properties in more than 50 suburbs were awaiting some level of flooding as the Brisbane River neared an expected peak of 5.5 metres early on Thursday.


What Lies Ahead:

BOM Flood Warnings and Updates:

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 02:44 AM
Below is a link to the website and a simulation of is likely to occur over the next 2-3 days:

Further off-site video content courtesy

Resturant washed away in floods:

Brisbane starts to submerge:
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posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 02:53 AM

Originally posted by coffeesniffer
reply to post by loner007

Try reading up on Karma.

ITA....Very sad that he is that miserable.

My heart goes out to ALL being affected by this,my prayers are with you..There ARE many natural disasters happening in the world and my belief is its the pole shift.

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 03:08 AM

Originally posted by Tayesin
Photos sent in to 9MSN.. 196 so far so it takes a while to see them all.

Flood Photos

Someone said this is Queensland's "Katrina", and in these photos it does seem like it.

Amazing stuff - I posted this in the other thread, I didn't wanna post it all over willy nilly like a dick, but images of the 1974 floods - they just look so similar, the only thing I can tell that shows a difference is indeed the era.

I see the exact same tragedy, but met with the exact same Aussie spirit...

Shameless plug for the song again also, but stuff it, it's a great Aussie song and the images to me, made me think so as it was, so as it shall be again...

Floods of 1974 - mostly black and white but other than that, the same as 2011.

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 03:36 AM
For about 4 weeks i have been thinking about making an emergency kit with atleast 3 days supply of water, canned food, first aid etc etc but for some reason i didn't listen to myself,

I live in one of the unaffected suburbs about 20 kilometers south of brisbane and silly me going to the local supermarkets today to grab just a couple of items incase we lose power/water i was greeted by chaotic scenes of desperation and hysteria

luckily i have a great pantry stock of canned food anyway so i wasn't in dire need

I have family in the flood affected ares of Toowoomba, Milmerran and some brisbane suburbs like Coorparoo, my dad works along Deshon creek in woollangabba, my sister and her husband work in the valley, luckily i now work close to home (i used to work with my sister)

all i can say is my heart goes out to every single person affected by this disaster and also the other floods from the last 3 weeks

Premier Anna Bligh is holding a press conference currently

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