QUEENSLAND FLOODS | 2011

Our quiet little town of Toowoomba made international headlines on Monday as downtown Toowoomba was hit by flash floods, which the media has referred to as an ‘inland tsunami’.

The last few days have been surreal to say the least. It feels like we are watching a horror movie unfold live. Terribly, others are right in the middle of it.

Toowoomba was just the start of the destruction and then the flood waters swamped many other areas such as Murphy’s Creek, Ipswich, Esk, and Brisbane. The little township of Grantham is one of the worst affected. A wall of water has virtually demolished the whole town. Haunting images of people sitting on their roofs, as flood waters rise around them. Footage of families sitting on the roofs of their cars, as they get washed downstream, their fate (still) unknown. So far, 12 people have been confirmed dead and over 50 are still missing.

And that’s not forgetting places like Chinchilla, Rockhampton, Warwick, Dalby and Oakey and so many others that have also been flooded. 75% of the state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone.

The news keeps saying that the worst is yet to come, especially for Brisbane and Ipswich as the Brisbane river has breached its banks and is set to peak at 4am tomorrow morning.

Never in our lives have we experienced anything like this, and at the moment it’s hard to use any brain power to think of anything else but what is happening around us.

The media coverage and images being broadcast out of Toowoomba have been pretty sensational. Downtown looks like a war zone but 95% of Toowoomba seems to be back to normal. Of most concern are the missing people in the Lockyer Valley, Murphy’s Creek and Grantham, and the rising waters in Ipswich and Brisbane.

The purpose of this blog post is not to say ‘woe us’ or to draw attention to ourselves. A lot of people have been asking after us and we really appreciate that. Aside from being heartbroken by what we’re seeing around us, our section of town is mostly unaffected. Matt and I (and our families) are totally safe. Our house, pets and equipment are all ok.

I guess we want to do our little bit to bring attention to the need for donations to help those so badly affected, and to let people know we’re ok. It’s probably bad business to have this sitting at the top of our blog but whatever. So many things are more important right now.

Please donate if you can. Please also pray if you’re of a praying persuasion.

The Red Cross says the best way for anyone to help at this stage is to please donate if you can.

QLD FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL: www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

www.news.com.au is one of the best ways to keep up-to-date with what is happening.

~Katie.

A photo from Ipswich earlier today (courtesy of Dave Hunt of AAP)

A photo from Grantham since the waters have subsided (courtesy of News Limited photographer John Grainger)

Another image from Grantham (courtesy of News Limited photographer John Grainger)

Grantham again (courtesy of News Limited photographer John Grainger)

A compilation of video footage from the Toowoomba flooding

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11 Comments
  1. Ngoc said:
    My heart goes out to all the families. May they all find comfort and relief soon. They will be in my prayers! Thank you for sharing this post!
  2. The video and photos out of Toowoomba is so frightening. Glad to hear you are both okay. Queensland is in my thoughts and prayers.
  3. Kirby said:
    Found this post thru Steve. My goodness, my condolences to all of the losses. It must be devastating. I hope Toowoomba finds itself dry again soon.
  4. Kristen said:
    Glad to hear you guys are okay, was thinking of you when the news came through. We haven't faired well here in Brisbane, hopefully it'll pass soon.
  5. I cannot even imagine this kind of devastation and having to live through something like this.. My heart goes out to all the families.. and will keep you all in my thoughts
  6. Guys, I am so glad that you are both okay. It is a horrible situation that your hometown finds itself in, I can only hope that the recovery is faster than we all think.
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  8. Annie said:
    So very glad you are okay. This is unbelievable.
  9. amanda said:
    Crazy. So glad you guys are ok. x
  10. jem said:
    Chillingly real ~ and although I have watched the floods on TV for the last 48 hours, I still am covered in goosebumps :( My heart goes out to all of those affected by this horrific act of mother nature! xxx
  11. charlie said:
    Thanks so much for finding the time to write this blog post, am so happy to read that you are all safe!please continue to take care xxx