The footage of the Queensland floods is heartbreaking. Maybe it’s because the news is more immediate now. People are filming and tweeting their experiences. We’re seeing the disaster unfold.
It’s the worst flood in a century.
75 percent of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone.
Nine people have been confirmed dead. Dozens are missing.
The army is now flying supplies to disaster zones.
Yesterday Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley were obliterated by the floods. Today that water has made its way to Brisbane. The worst days are set to be tomorrow and Thursday.
Brisbane airport has closed tonight.
People are in panic mode stocking up on groceries. I’ve read a tweet that ATMs are out of money.
Even if we’re fortunate enough not to physically experience them, these floods will affect so many facets of our lives for months to come, maybe years. The economy. Food prices. Fuel prices. Tourism. The workforce. Everything. Today also made me consider how important it is to shop locally to stimulate the Australian economy, and also to maintain the GST so the government can continue supporting the community.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said:
“We are facing one of our toughest ever tests,”
“We will only pass this test if we are calm, if we are patient with each other … and if we listen carefully to the instructions we are being given.
“Now is not a time for panic, now is the time for us to stick together.”
The floods are two states away from where I live in Victoria. Australia is a huge country and at times it feels like we are oblivious to what’s happening in another state. But in times of disaster and tragedy, Australians band together. I saw Kinglake, the town destroyed by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, is rallying together to assist the people of Queensland. They want to repay Queensland for their support in 2009. There’s also this man saving roos in a boat in NSW last year.
People are big hearted. Australia united makes me proud.
My thoughts are with the people of Queensland – friends, colleagues and strangers. Faux Fuschia, Rick Morton, Nikki Hassett and Bern Morley are bloggers I love that live in Queensland. I send my love to you all. Stay safe.