Floods in Queensland Australia (Video Included)

It is Queensland’s multimillion-dollar nightmare.
As authorities admitted yesterday the clean-up would take years instead of months, Prime Minister Julia Gillard was left to defend her $1 million donation to the state disaster appeal.

Ms Gillard also announced hardship payments for families whose homes were flood damaged, but pressure mounted for the Commonwealth to dig deeper.

“This is the whole of Queensland’s industry that is under siege,” Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce said.
Ms Gillard said more funding would be available under national disaster arrangements, but she couldn’t flag a figure.
“I can’t give you what the total figure is, because I can’t tell you what the damage is going to be,” Ms Gillard said.

Premier Anna Bligh’s appeal fund sat at about $7 million last night, but that tally won’t come close to covering the hardship for the thousands of Queenslanders who have lost everything.

At a localised level, the heartbreak of the floods for many Queenslanders will come in the form of personal bankruptcy.
Struggling councils will also be hit with increased costs almost certain to be passed on to the ratepayer in 2011.

Read the full story in the “Courier Mail”

I like many others could not believe it when the Prime Minister announced only $1 Million dollars to the disaster appeal. This year alone the Federal Government has given away Billions of dollars to other Countries, but when it comes to helping their own citizens in times of hardship $1 Million is all they put in the kitty. Absolutely disgraceful.

Military to Help as Crisis Deepens.

A MASSIVE logistical operation is under way across Queensland to evacuate thousands of people and deliver emergency supplies.
Communities and properties have been isolated by the worst flooding in the state’s recorded history.

 
This Nissan 4WD was swept off the Warwick-Allora Rd, Allora, with two adults aboard. Locals residents Lance Frizzell and Charlie Logan and family used a crane truck and 6-tonne lifting slings to secure the vehicle and rescue both occupants. Picture: Charlie Logan

Rising floodwaters have now hit an area bigger than France and Germany combined, with forced evacuations in the central Queensland towns of Emerald, Condamine, Theodore and the regional city of Rockhampton, which is expected to be cut off over the weekend.

 
Streets and yards go under in floods in Emerald. Picture: Jodie Richter

More than 1000 people are already staying in 17 evacuation centres. The Queensland Emergency Service said more than 4000 people could be forced to seek sanctuary in the refuges over the next few days.

The military yesterday stepped up its involvement, with an RAAF Hercules flying to flood-devastated Emerald – where 1200 people have abandoned their homes – to set up an emergency shelter as Premier Anna Bligh warned the town was facing a “very serious, dire” situation.

Read the full story in “The Australian”

Click here to see more pictures, and larger versions of those above at the “Courier Mail”

See also:-
Snakes Emerge as Water Rises.(Update Queensland Floods) 2011 Video.

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4 Responses to Floods in Queensland Australia (Video Included)

  1. malc50 says:

    Thanks magsx2 for the comprehensive coverage of the current Queensland floods. I have childhood memories of the 1956 floods on the Darling Downs, but this looks much worse. I am scheduled to be driving on the Warwick-Allora road (actually travelling from Killarney to Toowoomba) on Tuesday 11 January, so I trust the waters will have subsided by then. In the North, the Townsville Bulletin is carrying warnings to locals about contracting melioidosis from the water-soaked soil.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Yes it is really bad this lot of floods. Why the powers that be didn’t have somewhere for the flood waters to go is beyond belief. As you know here in OZ we always have droughts and floods, no Government has done anything to make things work better, that is, to store the waters when there is a flood for the times when the drought come. I feel so sorry for these people, it is absolutely devastating, they have lost everything.

      Hopefully the waters would of subsided, but make sure before you leave. Here in Brisbane and the Darling Downs we are still getting rain, rain predicted all week, with storms on Wednesday and Thursday.

      Here is the link to the weather forecast for Toowoomba:-
      http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/darlinggranitebelt.shtml
      Here is the link to the radar for the area:-
      http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR503.loop.shtml#skip

  2. gitwizard says:

    Hi Mags,
    We are getting news of the Australian floods (on radio, I don’t have TV) here in the UK.
    I have never thought of rain let alone floods in OZ, sorry for my ignorance.
    You are so far away from the northern hemisphere that we don’t get to hear much about your news until there is some sort of disaster.
    Keep us updated and stay dry and safe!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gitwizard,
      Yes it’s a shame it takes a disaster to get some news from different places around the world. You are spot on when you say we are far away, yes “The Land Down Under” is exactly what we are. 🙂

      I will be doing another post about the floods tomorrow, a lot more has happened, it is really devastating, I feel sorry for all those people that literally have lost everything. A terrible Xmas for them, and a terrible start to the New Year.

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