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Ian Williams 01-04-2011 02:13 PM

Australia's flooding
 
Mates,

I have been watching the international news closely about Australia's flooding. It's really a heartbreaker what are you going through, land & people & animals. Here in Venezuela we just began to recover from long devastating effect from rains and floodings as well.

I wish you blessings and all the best in your recovering process!

Ian

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-04-2011 02:46 PM

Re: Australia's flooding
 
Yes mate, it's a big one for the poor buggers up north. An area the size of France and Germany combined is underwater, so I read. Towns and regional cities swamped and/or isolated. Large scale evacuations, several deaths and countless rescues.

Still their sense of humour remains. I got a giggle out of the fact that the second floor of one of the pubs in Rockhampton remains open and is still serving beer! The ground floor is totally under water. It was heartening to see little boats motoring up and folks getting out for a drink. Great Aussie spirit. :-)

Now for the water to subside.......then they're really in for the long haul.

Ian Williams 01-04-2011 02:52 PM

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The Great Aussie spirit, that´s something I admire! come hell or high water, you never give up!!!

...Hey, who´s got a beer?

gusty 01-04-2011 03:29 PM

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Yeah, pretty bad for a lot of people. I'm in South-East Queensland, the past 3 or 4 weeks has just been rain but now seems to be getting clear. No flooding or anything, luckily.

keep it simple 01-04-2011 04:09 PM

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My best wishes at this difficult time.

Pollyanna 01-04-2011 09:54 PM

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After years of drought and bushfires - now this. Many farmers were pleased to finally be looking at a decent harvest after some of the worst droughts ever ...

I'd hate to be flooded - the muddy water looks disgusting. Every time I hear of these stories I'm grateful to be living in inner Sydney.

Deathmetalconga 01-05-2011 05:15 AM

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This is flooding the natural range of erythrophleum chlorostachys - Cooktown ironwood, what my drums are made out of. These trees are adapted to drought conditions and I wonder what heavy flooding will do to them, and the ecology of the savannas they grow on.

Pollyanna 01-05-2011 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga (Post 784856)
This is flooding the natural range of erythrophleum chlorostachys - Cooktown ironwood, what my drums are made out of. These trees are adapted to drought conditions and I wonder what heavy flooding will do to them, and the ecology of the savannas they grow on.

Google tells me that these trees grow in flood plains so you'd imagine they're pretty resilient when it comes to floods, but an event this extreme can't help.

Just heard on the radio that the cost of fruit and veggies will increase as a result of the washed out crops so I'm guessing that your drum-maker will be having some issues too. It's been some time since there's been a summer here when some community or other wasn't doing it tough.

Pollyanna 01-11-2011 01:09 AM

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It's getting worse. Yesterday a flash flood described as an "inland tsunami" swept through the inland town of Toowoomba, with at least 8 people dead and massive damage. No one can remember it being this bad in their lifetime.

http://images.smh.com.au/2011/01/11/...75-600x400.jpg

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-11-2011 01:23 AM

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The footage coming out of Toowoomba is staggering. Scores still missing too......just hope most of 'em can be found high and dry.

Next stop, the outskirts of suburban Brisbane. The scale of this thing is truely epic now.

"Of droughts and flooding rains", indeed!!

wy yung 01-11-2011 02:57 AM

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The floods are affecting many areas, including the post. Liverpool Barqueta sent me an instrument and it arrived in Sydney in a soaking wet box. Luckily it is a metal instrument. Had it a wooden shell and it would be screwed.

Also food prices will sky rocket. Things such as tropical fruit and even chillis will become rare.

As for the people and livestock, times. Will be tough. But the weather alone cannot be blamed. People keep building in high flood areas. This has become a subject of much controversy.

How affected that area was by the drought I do not know. QLD has had a high rainfall. The west of QLD, NSW, South AUs and the West were hard hit.

Best of luck to all.

Tropellor 01-11-2011 03:26 AM

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i've just been evacuated from my office in Fortitude Valley, my dad lives in Toowoomba, and is thankfully fine.

Water is starting to flood into West End, which is scary.

Home safe, and starting to get some sandbags ready... I live on a fairly big hill so I think i'll be ok.

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-11-2011 03:30 AM

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The Valley? Already? Christ almighty mate.

All the very best to you Trop......stay safe and (hopefully) dry my friend.

Tropellor 01-11-2011 03:37 AM

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Yeah, CBD and The Valley are being evacuated. It's getting pretty hectic. Not much I can do at the moment though. My drums are safe (just in case anyone was concerned).

Surrounding areas are not looking good, it's going to be a serious recovery mission.

GRUNTERSDAD 01-11-2011 04:09 AM

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Will you Aussies keep us posted on what is going on and if any of the forum members become affected. Thanks.

BassDriver 01-11-2011 04:09 AM

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...makes one feel grateful to live in Victoria.

Quote:

People keep building in high flood areas. This has become a subject of much controversy.
If that is going to keep happening, they should - for their own safety - adapt...

...that area of Queensland of and NSW is known to be a rainy low-lying region...

...but the "Australian spirit" that stays strong when these disasters happen is something to be admired.

Tropellor 01-11-2011 04:15 AM

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I've just got home and taken everything up from downstairs.

Practice pad and a beer.

Sorted.

Frost 01-11-2011 04:28 AM

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There was an inland tidal wave in Toowoomba recently, that freaked me out. Queensland has flooded before, but not this bad. Some areas are still recovering from the floods a few years ago.

wy yung 01-11-2011 04:30 AM

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Hard to fathom the Valley being affected. Brisbane in danger. This is extremely serious. There will be loads of snakes in those waters. Does anyone know if croc's are becoming a problem further north?

Ian Williams 01-11-2011 04:30 AM

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Mother Nature has unleashed its wrath in our countries...why?

Frost 01-11-2011 04:32 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 787220)
Hard to fathom the Valley being affected. Brisbane in danger. This is extremely serious. There will be loads of snakes in those waters. Does anyone know if croc's are becoming a problem further north?

Right up north still isn't flooded, last I heard there was still some transport along the road from Rocky to Mackay.

wy yung 01-11-2011 04:33 AM

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Ian the country is just bloody harsh mate.

wy yung 01-11-2011 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Frost (Post 787223)
Right up north still isn't flooded, last I heard there was still some transport along the road from Rocky to Mackay.

Cheers mate. Let's hope it stays that way.

Those poor bastards. I heard over 20 dead so far and many more missing.

Tropellor 01-11-2011 04:40 AM

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The Valley is pretty much next to the Brisbane River, that's why it's at risk of flooding. I've been told that the Crocodiles at Australia Zoo up on the Sunshine Coast are being tied down so they don't escape!

My backyard is starting to fill up, looks like the stormwater drains aren't doing very well.

wy yung 01-11-2011 04:40 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BassDriver (Post 787206)
...makes one feel grateful to live in Victoria.

Yeah, until your arse catches fire. I remember fighting a fire in Gippsland back around 75 and watching the fire leap from eucalypt to eucalypt as it flew over me. Had to dig a hole that day. Victoria isn't that safe.

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-11-2011 04:42 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 787220)
Does anyone know if croc's are becoming a problem further north?

It's been reported in the Brittish press that crocs are present in the flood waters. As far as I can gether from interviews with rescue personnel, the stories are exagerated. Snakes on the other hand are a major problem. Many home owners living in old Queenslanders (homes built high on stilts, for the non-Aussies), who have remained out of the water so far, are reportedly evacuating due to the snakes searching for dry ground and invading their properties. Rescue boats have also reported King Browns et al, trying to get into the boats as they've been motoring along trying to rescue people.......not my idea of a good day out at all!!

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Originally Posted by Ian Williams (Post 787221)
Mother Nature has unleashed its wrath in our countries...why?

There will no doubt be many theories. The best I can come up with is: bad things happen to good people every day of the year, the whole world round. When it's "at home" though, you tend to sit up and take a little more notice. Rightly or wrongly. ;-)

Pollyanna 01-11-2011 04:52 AM

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Good luck, Tropellor! My sister lives not so far from the Logan River and her crew have packed stuff in the car in case they have to evacuate.

After a decade of drought, it must be hard for Qld people to take (and even harder to plan for). Not so long ago there were high level water restrictions because the dams were running low. Now they are being forced to release water from dams.

gusty 01-11-2011 03:37 PM

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Yeah, the floods are the only thing on the news. I was supposed to have my 18th this Saturday at the Brisbane Jazz Club, which is right on the Brisbane river (used to be a rowing clubhouse). So doesn't look like that'll be happening, the biggest hassle is that I've got family flying into Brisbane for my birthday, so I guess we'll have to find a way of getting them out (I live in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast). But even with that I'm still good :)

wy yung 01-12-2011 02:31 AM

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75 percent of QLD declared a disaster zone. Incredible. For those who do not live here, QLD is huge.

bobdadruma 01-12-2011 02:55 AM

Re: Australia's flooding
 
The worlds weather is constantly changing.
The weather is the most unpredictable thing that we all face from time to time.
I have lived in New England my entire life, and I take it all in stride.
We can have several years of drought, and then we can have flooding and snow that will not stop.
I know that it is often a disaster and a shock when whacky weather occurs, But it does happen frequently on our planet.

bryanmurr 01-12-2011 03:04 AM

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I feel really bad for the people.Its just horrible. I live right outside of New Orleans, La. Years later we have still not recovered from katrina. Some things here have changed for the better and some for the worse. I just really feel bad for the loss of life. Property can be replaced.....grass and trees replanted but life.....you cant replace a life.

wy yung 01-12-2011 04:55 AM

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QLD is 666,876 square miles in area. 75 percent of that is a lot of land. Three quarters of it are under deep water. Having driven around much of QLD I am atounded.

Tropellor 01-12-2011 05:12 AM

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Yeah - The area of France and Germany combined, is underwater.

They are expecting the Brisbane River to peak around 4am Thursday (it's 1pm Wednesday now) so it's going to be interesting.

They say around 20,000 homes will be affected.

Interesting times ahead.

A-customs 01-12-2011 06:23 AM

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Wishing you all to be smart safe,and DRY.Saw some stuff tonight on the news,looks horrible!!

wy yung 01-12-2011 06:37 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Tropellor (Post 787228)
The Valley is pretty much next to the Brisbane River, that's why it's at risk of flooding. I've been told that the Crocodiles at Australia Zoo up on the Sunshine Coast are being tied down so they don't escape!

My backyard is starting to fill up, looks like the stormwater drains aren't doing very well.

You still with us mate? Brisbane is looking a bit grim. Keep us informed.

Good luck mate.

Frost 01-12-2011 06:38 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 787229)
Yeah, until your arse catches fire. I remember fighting a fire in Gippsland back around 75 and watching the fire leap from eucalypt to eucalypt as it flew over me. Had to dig a hole that day. Victoria isn't that safe.

The fires came within an hour of my house back on Black Saturday a couple of years back.

I actually remember when I was younger a fire went through the pines where I used to live, that was terrifying, it takes a lot for those things to catch alight normally, but not on a 40+ degree day and when they go up, they explode.

One more minor shame about the flooding in Queensland, apart from the obvious major problems, is that it is going to be hard to find those beautiful Queensland Maple luthier's guitars now.

wy yung 01-12-2011 06:43 AM

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Yeah I reckon many things will be affected. I am still blown away at receiving an instrument in the mail in a soaking wet box.

There is talk of that weather heading down to NSW.

Tropellor 01-12-2011 11:36 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 787738)
You still with us mate? Brisbane is looking a bit grim. Keep us informed.

Good luck mate.

Yeah - still here! High tide is expected in 9 hours, so we'll see what happens.

Lots of people freaking out - all of the supermarkets are sold out of basic supplies, people are just waiting to see what happens.

I think my house will be fine, my work is in The Valley, which is going to be hammered pretty hard.

Will keep you all posted.

wy yung 01-12-2011 12:14 PM

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Cheers mate. Good luck. I hope you are not off work for too long.

Amazing watching it on the news today. Rarely does an internal disaster get such airtime. Incredible scenes.

Thinking of you mate.

aydee 01-12-2011 12:27 PM

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Man, the TV images dont look good. My Aussie geography is lousy, but I hope dah Aussie crew is doing ok? Wy seems fine, Polly is on dry land deep within Sydney somewhere, PFG, Gusty seem dry too..

Terrible thing to see people lose lives, homes.. hope y'all fight out this tragedy.

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