(photo by Tabitha Bird)
All Australians know that summer is the wet season. we know January will bring searing heat and tropical storms. And we all love our sunburnt country, our land of flooding plains... but 2011 has arrived with attitude. She's none too happy, this new year.
I spent yesterday watching pictures of regions surrounding Brisbane flooding. This after record rains all through December and regions to the north of Queensland already flooded. Toowoomba, a town about an hour from where I live here in Brisbane, went down under flash floods that have killed eight so far with 72 missing. It's not a large town to begin with, and now its a sea.
My mother lives in Toowoomba.
You can imagine my panic.
I finally reached her by phone late yesterday evening and she's okay. Her house isn't flooded, yet, but she can't get out. 43 people in her suburb where rescued by helicopter from their roof tops. All roads are cut off. The entire valley around her has flooded. There is no way in or out of the area.
So we wait... for further news and for these flood waters that are heading for Brisbane. Toowoomba is only an hour from Brisbane, our biggest city. Thank God I live closer to the bay areas and so far we aren't in the path of the floods. However, if you pray, I'd appreciate the prayer. Not so much for me, but for all those affected by floods who have lost loved ones and all belongings. Much of the north of Queensland is already under water. We are already a state in crisis. If Brisbane goes under, well... you can imagine. Thousands and thousands have already been left stranded in Queensland from December rains. More storms are predicted for the next few weeks with no end yet in sight.
So, sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, my regular scheduled time and for not visiting your blogs. I will be back on schedule as soon as possible.