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Send some positive thoughts?

Posted on: January 11, 2011

Brisbane braces for the worst as record floodwaters loom

I know for most of us this is a long, long way from home.  But if you can, please send some positive thoughts to these folks.  My best friend and her family live in Brisbane and the situation is pretty dire.  Thankfully they’re ok, but so many others in Queensland are not.

A message from my girl, J:

“Hey guys – just wanted to pass on the link to the donation site for the Queensland Flood Appeal.

I’m not sure how much info has filtered into the international news
media, but the situation here is pretty dire. A lot of people have lost
their homes, a couple of towns have been completely obliterated.
People’s livestock, crops and businesses have been washed away. And it’s not just little nowhere towns affected – big city centres like
Rockhampton and Maryborough are literally under metres of water and likely to be that way for at least another week until these rains slow down. It’s a huge huge disaster.

Down here in SEQ, we’re a bit more fortunate – we have an enormous dam which helps to mitigate some of the floodwaters, but areas of Brisbane and the surrounding land are suffering too. It’s only going to get worse here – the rain is showing no signs of slowing down, and there is nowhere for the water to go. Personally, we’re doing OK – our backyard is an absolute swamp, everything smells moldy and I’m having to use the dryer a couple times a day just to keep up with the laundry. Thankfully, because we’re at the top of the hill, flooding is unlikely to affect us, but we are at risk of losing some big trees thanks to the soggy ground, and we might end up with a bit of landslide, but I don’t think we’ll get anything too serious. We are starting to go a little stir crazy from all the rain though, we haven’t seen sunshine for weeks.

Anyway, back to the point. It’s going to cost billions and take years to
get some of these communities functioning. We’re donating – if you guys can spare anything to give to this cause, we’d be really grateful.

PS if you can convince anyone else to donate too, that’d be super
awesome.”

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5 Responses to "Send some positive thoughts?"

I shared this on Google Reader.

Thanks, Heather!! 🙂

Thank you so much for posting this! As I type, Brisbane City itself is being hit with an enormous flood. Thousands of homes in suburbs near the river are expected to flood or are currently flooding right now. Businesses have been destroyed.

The last natural disaster in Brisbane anywhere near this scale was in 1974, where enormous damage was done. People still speak of that flood in hushed tones. This disaster is shaping up to be much the same.

If anyone can spare a couple bucks for the appeal, we here in Southeast Queensland would be eternally grateful.

I want to send more than thoughts… I was watching the ABC streaming coverage and it just breaks my heart.

Stay dry, Jen!

Thoughts and prayers for everyone involved both in the affected areas as well as their friends and family that may be helplessly watching from somewhere else.

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