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Brisbane Floods

I am shocked and alarmed by the severity of the flooding in  Brisbane.  Understandably, there is a real sense of doom and gloom in the air. All of my friends who work in ritzy riverside offices in the Brisbane CBD (Hell Has Harbour Views style) have been evacuated and sent home. There is apparently barely anything left on the supermarket shelves and there is a very real risk that the electricity, water (or both) could be cut.

I have just read that the banks of the Brisbane River has broken its banks and that flood levels are expected to rise further until Thursday – that’s at least two more days of rain, uncertainty and restless nights.

From the ABC News Webiste: A view of the Brisbane River overflowing from the inner-city suburb of West End. (User submitted: Jeff Polley)

Thankfully all of my dear friends and family – including Glamorous Sisters No. 1 and 2 who live in New Farm only a few blocks from the Brisbane River – are safe and sound. They have sensibly evacuated and sought refuge with friends who live on higher ground, far away from the Brisbane River.

This flash flooding is so far removed from the balmy weather I experienced in Brisbane only 10 days ago when I met up with two old friends – B-Cup Betty (she is the business of bras) and Aquaponics Obsessed Architect (a friend of The Brooding Architect from his uni days) – for dinner at Scales and Ales in Bulimba (a suburb just off the Brisbane River), that I am finding it extremely difficult to comprehend the enormity of the situation.

I was planning on posting my review of Scales & Ales today, however given the horrendous situation in Brisbane I feel like my frivolous ramblings about food can well and truly wait. Instead,  I will use this post to:

  1. Encourage all of my readers in Brisbane to stay safe. Avoid the roads if you can. Evacuate if you need to. Remember possessions can be replaced.
  2. Post a useful link to the Brisbane Flood Maps and details of road closures.
  3. Encourage anyone with some spare funds after the excess of post-Christmas sales, to make a donation to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal. Click here to make a donation.

My thoughts are with everyone up north. Fingers, toes and everything else possible crossed that the water subsides soon.

2 Comments on “Brisbane Floods”

  1. Su Kim said at 11:32 am on January 12, 2011:

    I know. I have friends who decided to stay…and at this moment, their home is getting flooded up. It is a feeling of despair that it’s happening at this point of time, and helplessness of not being able to do more.

  2. The Hungry Lawyer said at 12:00 pm on January 12, 2011:

    Su Kim: I completely agree, the feeling of helplessness when you are so far away from your family and firends is just overwhelming. I am planning to organise a fund raising morning tea at work – so I can at least try and do something positive. Hope your friends are safe.

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