The Androgynous Vault is a blog (and sometimes vlog) about the lives of two androgynous girls in Brisbane. This blog offers a perspective of life through androgynous eyes.
Volume 21 - QLD Flood Crisis
The "floating in the flood" is of Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs. Not my town but the city I live in for half of the week.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
QLD Flood crisis
Let's set the scene.
TV in the background switched onto Channel 7 airing 24/7 updates on the QLD Flood Crisis.
I live in a town 45minutes north of Brisbane City.
On Tuesday morning at around 7am my big brother burst into my room in his work clothes and said "Oi, I might be flooded out soon. Can you help me out and look after my daughter while we [he and his wife] pack food and clothes". I jumped in his car and raced to his house. On the way he pointed out two creeks rapidly rising. It was bucketing down rain. In 15 or so minutes we packed the essentials and drove back to my family home where I reside.
My mum was watching the news. Flood alerts all across the screen. My town was on high alert. My sister and her husband arrived at our house shortly after. Her house usually gets flooded in whenever it rains. The night before they'd gone to her husband's grandma's house for dinner and ended up staying the night as they had been flooded out of their house. It took them a couple hours to find a way into town and to our family home.
My mum, her fiance and both my brothers went out to buy food and essential supplies. The main river had filled up and was splurging over the main roads. Main roads out of our town were flooded. A couple hours our town was announced on TV to evacuate to higher ground. Confusion grew- where do we go? What areas are higher ground? We figured our house was on higher ground and set in place emergency plans. The ladder was at the ready leaning on the roof out the front. The two 4wd were fueled up to full tank and on the driveway. So when we were told to evacuate our town...there was little we could do as mentioned all main roads were flooded. We could only hang tight and watch to see if things got worse. Lucky for us it didn't get worse. The rain had stopped by mid-afternoon. Needless to say we were still isolated.
We watched the news and hearing about the tragedies out west. A couple rural towns had been hit by an inland tsunami with no warning. Counts of people found dead and people missing were constantly updated. We were the lucky ones. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering from this.
Yesterday my beloved Brisbane city had been hit. The brisbane river had broken it's banks flooding my favourite towns and hang outs. A friend of mine who I tried to contact via phone was stuck at his work. His work is isolated. He works at a hospital. He's there working 16hour shifts with only internet to use as communication to update us. Friends houses have gone under. Possessions lost. However, they evacuated when told and are safe.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been effected. You watch these natural disasters occur on TV in other places and never think that it could happen to you. Apparently it will take 2 years to rebuild the city. I will do all I can to help friends and strangers recover their homes.
I was very lucky. Our floods in our town had cleared up overnight.
If you want to help out please donate.
The details are below.
Information about loved ones: 1300 993 191
For international callers: +617 3055 6220
or for International donators who are finding it hard to donate search on facebook "C Morningstar Art Promotion and Distribution" purchase an artwork in the month of January and all profits will go directly to the QLD Flood Appeal.
More information on the floods:
Queensland Police Service
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