Floodwaters in some areas of Queensland and New South Wales have exceeded records for the last century. Floodwaters in St. George in southern Queensland were at 14 meters last week and they may rise further. Here are some views of the situation.
Following the videos is an extract from an email from Jennifer, whom I asked to write up the situation as she saw it. Jennifer is right in the middle of the flood conditions.
… I’ll just put you in the picture as it stands on the Sunshine Coast, as the rain steadily pelts down upon us…strong at times, but nothing too severe where I live. Right overhead a helicopter just flew over my property, accessing the level of water on the rise in the entire area I’m presuming. It’s actually the second one to go over in two hours.
Even though there is much devastation around us, I am cut off from all major towns as I write this… It’s quite overwhelming to watch and listen to the coverage of the floods by every single form of commutative device, let alone watch your property become river front before your very eyes, and slowly rising.
I’m describing the rain as continuous sheets of rain, our rivers turning into a sea of chocolate mud taking everything with it.
Hundreds of roads are cut off, people, cattle and wildlife isolated and the only way out is by chopper or early evacuation from the township to go under. Sad yes, although I am experiencing a feeling of quiet calm and anxiousness at the same time, for this be a clean up of mammoth proportion and the most widespread flood in the history of Australia.
News flash just in on the TV, stating a government aircraft has just been struck by lightening whilst surveying the flooded region. So what next? We just sit a wait, for this has taken many many people by surprise, and as a result many not properly prepared for this unknown proportion of water. Through it all the overall consensus is of camaraderie, calmness and clean up, (I see families coming together, and it pleases me very nicely).
We hear of no looting and no violence in any of the stricken townships, and rescue operations came quick and fast with immediate food drops and an abundance of shelters for the homeless…on record we have 14 recorded deaths due to the floods so far, and the latest report on that government aircraft struck by lightening actually had our Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on board, the aircraft has now landed safely with no injuries on board.
We have another week of these conditions at least, with a predicted forecast of a monsoonal trough forming and four cyclones to supplement our wet season for the next three months…YIPPY I say…after ten years of fire, heat and drought this is a blessing in more ways than one, although if it gets any higher I’ll be hitching up the little boat cos there’s no time to text Noah.
So this is what it’s like at present in the land down under, two years ago our major dams hit a record low with one reaching a level of 17% capacity, our land was cracked and almost baron…today we are opening up the same dam gates to spill the excess run off into the ocean.
One half of Australia burns whilst the other half is forming an inland sea possibly the size of a small Mothership.
Better get back to the task of balancing the HA_RP strings I think, for I need to lift this vibration to a even higher harmonic in preparation to be beamed up by…Scotty…
Your Sis Jenny
Thank you, Jenny, and best of luck!