floods

Last week was dominated by the news of the Queensland floods and there has been flooding in Northern New South Wales and Victoria too. Much of the news has been heartbreaking, particularly from the Lockyer valley which was described as an inland tsunami. Imagine being in one room of your house and then without any warning, a wall of water rips the next room away. With members of your family in it. Or being trapped in a car. Or your baby being washed from your arms. Awful. Just absolutely awful. Three quarters of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone. Around the state, many people have been evacuated, their homes underwater or cut off by floodwaters.
suburban Brisbane
Brisbane houses under water 
It is sobering to think that Brisbane, a capital city has been so severely affected. The CBD has been flooded and power and services cut to many homes. There have been ripple affects as crucial businesses such as the fresh food markets are flooded. Power went out as substations flooded and in many flooded homes the power cannot be reconnected until an electrician certifies that it is safe. In my work, many offices and call centres were closed. The list of affected post codes is stunningly long. Our office has been even busier and the queues during the day have been even longer as people can't get through on the usual online or call centre services. Last week we started  helping process disaster payments after work. The rain was pounding on the roof and although I knew it wouldn't flood here, it added a poignancy to the little snippets of personal information in the claims. It felt good to be paying the money out. I know that some my colleagues will be going to work in the affected areas, just like they did after the bush fires. Hopefully every little bit helps.
Wimmera region

Dimboola
Now Victoria is facing a flood event that has been described as one of the worst in history. Melbourne hasn't been affected directly, indeed mostly the weather has been fine here. But given the intensity of the current La Nina event, who knows what will happen. It's certainly the wettest summer I can remember for over a decade. We're well into January and the grass shows no sign of browning off.  But although all the green is pretty, agriculture has been badly hit and I think we can expect increases in the cost of food. Not to mention all the infrastructure that will need to be rebuilt. And homes too. Coming two years after the fires, seems like the natural disasters are flying thick and fast.  

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