so sad what is happening in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, the floods are crazy

  • cbrett

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    Jan 11, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    "A desperate situation is unfolding in Queensland's south-east, after flash flooding claimed the lives of at least seven people on Monday.

    Heavy rain created a deadly torrent of water that swept people off their feet, cars down city streets and houses off their foundations in the Darling Downs city of Toowoomba.

    Four deaths have been confirmed, while the ABC understands three others have died.

    The raging waters are headed towards Lowood, east of Toowoomba and about 65km from Brisbane, and could affect expected flood levels in Brisbane and at Ipswich.

    A severe weather warning has been issued for several parts of the state, and people are being evacuated from homes at Condamine, Chinchilla and Dalby, west of Toowoomba."



    Check out Youtube "Toowoomba Floods" amazing video
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Do0LvsdXIU&feature=related]
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    I watched this on the news earlier, tragic that lives have been lost. And terrifying for those living through it. Thoughts and prayers to those impacted.




    The impacts will be long lived, I read in The Age today that all of the fertile topsoil is being washed away as well.
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    That is terrible! Hopefully, people will evacuate and no more lives will be lost. This reminds me when Nashville, Tennessee flooded last year. That was a terrible account.
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    Thoughts to all those in QLD. Crazy floods (my home town of Wagga flooded recently too).
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    I love my sun burnt country.
    A land of sweeping plains,
    of rugged mountain rangers,
    of drought and flooding rains,

    This is my home, this is Oz. Last year Victoria had devastating bush fires, and with the end of a drought, normally comes flooding rains.

    In my life as a country lad I have endured fires and floods, and know that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    edit - well Brisbane and West End are now being evacuated...[/quote]

    West End is a huge area!!
    Southbank has been evacuated and blocked off too.
    I'm staying at a hotel on the riverfront there tonight, but it's looking as though that's going to be evacuated too.

    High tide is expected to hit at 2:40pm - just 2 hrs from now, and the river is already lapping at the bank edges. It's gonna be a terrible combination when the flood waters reach the city too!

    Take care everyone.
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    Jan 11, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    Presenting go sand bag the story bridge hotel for me
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    Jan 11, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    cold said
    cbrett saidPresenting go sand bag the story bridge hotel for me


    lol! Hope the Museum and Gallery of Modern Art are well protected.


    they are on the high side so should be fine
  • aus_Sean36

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    Jan 11, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    As a former Queenslander I wish everyone up there well. What happened in Toowoomba was a real tragedy. My thoughts are with all of you.

    ABC24 has some good coverage on the current situation in Brisbane and #qldfloods is going off on twitter (too quick to even follow)

    As Anna Bligh says, this will break hearts but not not our spirits.

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    Jan 11, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    That's amazing footage. I hope that we are able to do something to assist with the recovery, these are our friends.

    Similar situations this year in China and Pakistan too. Climate change?
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    Jan 11, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    The international geo-blocking on ABCNews24 has been lifted, so those interested in the flooding outside of Australia can now get live news.
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    Jan 11, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    sdgman saidThat's amazing footage. I hope that we are able to do something to assist with the recovery, these are our friends.

    Similar situations this year in China and Pakistan too. Climate change?


    No this is not cliamate change, this is Oz.
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    Jan 11, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    Yup it is terrible there. I have family in Toowomba. They posted photos on FB of a river raging just two blocks from their house.
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:28 AM GMT
    I'm due to return home to Brisbane in a couple of weeks; at this rate there might be nothing to return home to icon_eek.gif

    Guys in Brissy and Queensland, take care and stay safe.

    True_blue_aussie is right, this is Australia not climate change: in La NiƱa years there are stronger chances of above average rainfall and flooding over much of eastern Australia.
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:40 AM GMT
    My thoughts are with all the QLD people over East. I live in Perth, Western Australia (the other side of Oz!) and we have not had hardly any rain in months whilst everywhere else in Oz is basiclly drowning. Australia is such a huge place that the weather can be totally different in areas. 30 minutes south of me, they are battling bushfires for the past day. 8 houses have been lost.
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:41 AM GMT
    cold said



    I'd be terrified if this was outside my windowicon_eek.gif
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:57 AM GMT
    La Nina is definitely having her way right now. Stay safe up in Queensland!
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    Jan 11, 2011 11:05 AM GMT
    cg220 saidLa Nina is definitely having her way right now. Stay safe up in Queensland!

    That chick is totally raping us at the moment... and there's no way she's getting away with calling it 'surprise sex' - what a chunt! icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 11, 2011 11:06 AM GMT
    Anyone know if the flooding has affected Tamworth?
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    Jan 11, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    TexanNC saidAnyone know if the flooding has affected Tamworth?

    Tamworth is fine. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 11, 2011 11:17 AM GMT
    Aye.. all of the South Caribbean coast flooded this year.. I have no idea how many people died, but I know it was at least 30...

    In Haiti's earthquake alone, more Americans may have died than in 9/11 or Iraq and Afghanistan combined.. but this stuff never makes it on the news eh?

    The numbers are:



    Haiti: 5500 Americans missing

    Iraq: 4373 American citizens dead

    9/11 attack: 2740 American dead

    Afghanistan: 962 American dead
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    Jan 12, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    more water is still coming
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    Jan 12, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    Wishing the best to all the ones in that area stay strong!!!
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    Jan 12, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    amar_m saidAye.. all of the South Caribbean coast flooded this year.. I have no idea how many people died, but I know it was at least 30...

    In Haiti's earthquake alone, more Americans may have died than in 9/11 or Iraq and Afghanistan combined.. but this stuff never makes it on the news eh?

    The numbers are:

    Haiti: 5500 Americans missing

    Iraq: 4373 American citizens dead

    9/11 attack: 2740 American dead

    Afghanistan: 962 American dead


    Amar, I believe the algorithm used by western media outlets is 10 dead white people = 100 dead black people = 1000 dead brown people. What's surprising is that Haiti has actually been an exception to this grim statistic.

    None of that detracts from the fact that some of our friends on here are watching their lives unravel right in front of their eyes right now. This isn't a news outlet, and the situation is truly fucked up.