Snakes Emerge as Water Rises.(Update Queensland Floods) 2011 Video.

 

ROCKHAMPTON: a huge brown snake rests on a garden fence in Depot Hill, as the Fitzroy River slowly rises towards its projected peak of 9.4 meters. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen Source: The Courier-Mail

As if flooded Queenslanders didn’t have enough to worry about, snakes are also on the move to escape the rising waters – bringing them into closer contact with people.
Kylie Alexander  who was bitten by an eastern brown snake last week  told The Courier-Mail she was lucky to survive a 12-hour ordeal and 400km mercy dash from her cattle station west of Clermont, which is totally cut-off and isolated by floods.

“Snakes are everywhere out there,” said the 32-year-old mother-of-one, speaking from her bed in Mackay Base Hospital.

“They come out of the floods in their thousands looking for high ground, some end up in the house.”

Read the full story in the “Courier Mail”

Looters Strike in Flooded Rockhampton.

One of Queensland’s biggest natural disasters is unfolding in the city of Rockhampton, with isolated outbreaks of looting as police force residents to abandon their homes and the city is cut off.

Hundreds of homes have been inundated and shopping car parks are filling with water as floodwaters in the churning Fitzroy River edge closer to the city’s two main bridges and just one street away from the CBD.

Road and air access to the city has been cut and food drops have been carried out in isolated areas.

Hundreds of residents are still being urged to leave their homes as they wait for an expected river peak of 9.4 metres on Wednesday. But there are new security concerns after a number of homes and cars were looted at the weekend.

A logistical nightmare is also unfolding for residents as police close dozens of roads every day.

Tanya Hallam and Bruce Channells were supposed to get married at a river-front building known as the Boat Club, only their ceremonial pontoon was washed away and the reception venue has been swamped.
“It was a lovely idyllic place with all the boats in the background and the water. There’s too much water now though,” Ms Hallam said.

Their plans have been put on hold as they struggle to protect their own homes – not only from floodwaters, but also from looters.

Read the full story in “Yahoo 7 News”

In some smaller towns in Queensland the flood waters are starting to recede. The problem that is emerging as the water slowly goes down, is that a lot of the roads have been washed away. It certainly is going to be a nightmare of a job for the big clean up. The amount of work that needs to be done just to fix all the roads they say will take months. There have also been some power poles that have been knocked down as stuff floating by ran into them, such as trees, cars, furniture etc. of course power has been turned off in a lot of places. In Rockhampton, the Military are starting to madly take as many supplies into the town as possible before all the roads are cut. (To read more about what the Military are doing there is an article in “The Australian”.) I believe at time of posting, Rockhampton is now isolated, no way in and no way out, all roads are now cut off by flood water.

To see some flood pictures go to the “Courier Mail”

See also:-
Floods in Queensland Australia (different video and different pictures in the “Courier Mail”)

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10 Responses to Snakes Emerge as Water Rises.(Update Queensland Floods) 2011 Video.

  1. travelrat says:

    I hope there’s a special corner of Hell for these looters. From what we’re hearing over here, a lot of people lost an awful lot, and to steal what’s left just beggars belief.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I agree, these people are the lowest of the low. This is one reason a lot of people didn’t want to leave their home, it has all happened before in other floods, people looting as places have been left empty. You can understand why people want to stay, but lives come first.

  2. malc50 says:

    Hi magsx2, My mother had a black snake on her front porch, looking for somewhere dry. Neighbours came to the rescue. If the roads are open, I’ll fly to Brisbane and drive up to the Downs to see her at the weekend.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      It is frightening all the snakes that are around everywhere. It’s just that it seems to be the very dangerous ones that are emerging from the water, not good, I hope everyone concerned is vigilant and careful.

      I hope everything is alright with your Mum, it’s hard when loved ones live a fair distance away, especially at times like these. Please be careful on the roads, a lot have washed away, try and get some RACQ reports before you leave.

      There was 2 major storms hit around the Toowoomba area last night as well as the South of Brisbane, and more storms and rain predicted for the rest of the week in the area. Get as much information as you can before you leave.

  3. Linda says:

    Disgusting. Can’t believe people do this to each other in times like this. But I suppose you get all kinds?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Linda,
      It’s hard to believe that some people would even think about it, let alone go out and actually do it. The majority of people are all trying to help each other out, the best they can, in such a terrible situation, and then you get these other idiots, but you are right you do get all kinds.

      Thank You very much for visiting and your comment.

  4. shane says:

    the snakes need to be protected, they are victims of this too. but those scumbags who are looting we can do without. same goes for the losers that are lighting bush fires every year. rot in hell!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Shane,
      Yes I totally agree, people just need to be aware that snakes are about and keep their eyes open. Here in Queensland it is against the law to deliberately kill snakes.
      The looters should be heavily punished this I feel needs to be done to stop others from doing the same thing as well. Here in Queensland , like other places we also get idiots that start bush fires, the full force of the law should be applied here also.

  5. dearrosie says:

    Bees and now snakes. Didn’t think of it, but of course snakes will also come above ground if their homes are flooded.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      They were very bad floods, and the waters flushed a lot of animals out of the bush. The majority of our snakes here in OZ are dangerous, but kids still play in the flooded waters, you would think parents would warn them of the dangers.

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