Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Scary Times...

The whole state of QLD where I live is in disaster. Yesterday, the streets of Toowoomba (4 hours from here) where my sister and several friends live, were hit with freak flash flooding which claimed 8 lives, 4 of whom are children - and 72 people are still missing. It was described as an inland tsunami. The death toll in that whole Lockyer Valley region is set to rise dramatically, and even Brisbane city is under high alert this morning as the Wivenhoe dam and Brisbane River get set to overflow and cause similar flash flooding throughout many suburbs. People are being evacuated this morning. At Sandy Creek, water levels rose 3 metres in just 10 minutes = disaster.

The emergency services workers are being stretched to the limits - and it's STILL raining. Hundreds of people are trapped everywhere - in cars, on roofs.... in Grantham, they are currently evacuating the evacuation centre as more flash flooding is anticipated.

I don't know what else to say.

Please, just pray. For emergency workers to be plentiful, and kept safe. For those in danger to get out in time.


Renata said...

Hi Saminda
It is definitely so scary. I have been on the phone all afternoon to relatives & friends - thankfully they are all alright, although my sister works at Caboolture Hospital & is stuck there - she can't get home as roads are cut, so it may be very interesting if the water keeps rising there.
I still haven't heard how Dave's family in Toowoomba are, but assume since I haven't heard they are fine. Definitely all we can do is keep on praying.
Hope your family are all safe.
Love to you

Jen's Busy Days said...

My sister's car got caught in that rush of water in Toowoomba. Not badly as far as I understand, just up to the steering wheel, but still a write off. I wondered why my mum was almost hysterical when she called to tell me until I saw the news. I have cried so much today. I used to live in Brisbane. My Home Town!!!

Prayers for the south east corner of Queensland, and many thanks to all the volunteer workers who help out.

Karen said...

I can't imagine...will be praying for you all!

Smilie girl said...

It is truly awful. Our prayers are definitely with the SES and emergency workers.
A very wet day here with lots of road closures. Hopefully the rain eases.

sarah in the woods said...

I'll be praying for you all. Hope you all stay safe.

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AmFriend said...

Continued prayers. Thanks for recognizing the emergency workers and the risks they take and the stress they are under trying to help everyone in need.


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