First off I would like to say, loner007, you are a true #head. I seriously hope that you have to face severe adversity in your life while other people
look on and laugh.
On topic, thanks everyone for the kind words. It is in times like this we see the real human spirit, for better or worse.
I am from Toowoomba and the flash flood we received the other day was totally unexpected. For people who don't know, Toowoomba is on top of the Great
Dividing Range, about 2000ft above sea level, and, while floods aren't totally unexpected, this one took everyone by surprise.
It had been raining for the previous couple of weeks so the ground was already saturated and couldn't take in any more. Then when we got extreme
rainfall (some people estimate up to 150mL of rain in an hour!) it couldn't go anywhere, thus causing the flash flood seen in the Toowoomba CBD. Some
areas of Queensland have had 800mL of rain in the last couple of weeks!
Really though, Toowoomba has it easy compared to Dalby, Warwick, and basically everywhere down the Range. At least in Toowoomba the flood comes in,
does its damage and then goes. Other places have had flood waters sitting around for weeks, which is worse now, increasing the risk of disease from
dirty water, mosquitos etc.
In Toowoomba, a lot of the roads have been damaged. There is only a couple of roads available to get to the other side of town. There is no way in or
out of Toowoomba at the moment due to damaged roads and water. In the CBD, there are a lot of shops which have been totally gutted. There was a
furniture store which had nothing
left on the bottom floor, all of it washed out into the street. I haven't had Vodafone network coverage for
nearly 2 days now (you say you work for Voda, Krysties. Don't say it too loud!). I will be buying myself a prepaid Telstra or Optus SIM card today.
Here's some photos I took:
This picture shows the running flood water near the Library in Toowoomba. The photo was taken about 2.5 hours after the initial flash flood. The water
was about 3 metres higher than shown here and running rapidly.
This picture shows Russell St and the Norville Hotel. Again this photo was a couple of hours afterwards and perhaps a metre less water.
This picture shows the creek near Maccas down town. Usually this creek has a trickle (I mean like not even a foot deep). It is a couple of metres here
and was a couple of metres higher. McDonalds had a couple of feet of water in it.
This shows the railway yard a couple of hours after the initial flood.
This shows the railway yard the day after. The amount of damage (even what can't be seen in the photo) is phenomenal.
This shows the damage the day after on Schoefield St. The water was a good couple of metres higher during the worst of it.
Car on its roof near Grand Central Shopping Centre.
Written-off car near Grand Central again. The floods tossed cars around like they were paper boats!
Finally here's a panoramic photo of the damage at the Jellicoe St Bridge.
I wish the best to all my mates in South East Queensland and anywhere else affected by the floods.
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