The Massive Floods In Australia
If you aren’t from Australia you may not be aware of the massive damage caused by huge flooding throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales (where I live) with the city of Brisbane possibly being one of the hardest hit areas. Thousands of people have been evacuated, thousands of houses and businesses have also been destroyed by the massive flood waters. The floods are that bad that the term ‘inland tsunami’ is a phrase I’m hearing multiple times a day.
A lot of people, many children are dead – kids torn from their parents or rescuers arms by the strength of the water. Even more people are still missing. Sadly one of my closest friends is one of them.
It’s enough of a natural disaster for google to stand up and take note by creating a crisis response page for the Australian floods
Thankfully the water levels are starting to lower, closed roads are opening (Many people have been stranded and a lot of towns have been without food or fuel deliveries for quite a while as all of the truck routes into the city and other affected areas were closed) and the clean up has begun in earnest. The peak of the disaster has passed but many months of clean up lay ahead.
My missing friend, a guy I love with all my heart and have referred to as ‘the rockstar’ – the first true love of my life – his house backed onto the Brisbane river. I use the past tense as there isn’t all that much left of it from what I have heard. His wife is distraught as he hasn’t been heard from in over a week. He left to go camping with ‘the boys’ further up north over a week ago. It was expected that he wouldn’t be in contact last week as where he was headed mobile phone coverage sucks. However he was due home yesterday, neither he or any of the mates he was with have been heard from since they left. His wife is stuck with no home to live in, no job to go to and has a deep seeded fear that he won’t be coming home.
The area they were going to has been affected by the torrential rain but it up in the higher country so there are hopes that they are safe, but simply stranded. None the less He needs to be found – Hopefully safe and in one piece.
Whilst I’m very committed to my blog, my reviews and other online activities I am going to have to pause all of these activities whilst I go and try to help find my friend as well as help many others with the clean up. I have tried to contact all of the companies I am working with on reviews – but as my mind is on other things I am sure to have missed one or two, I have no choice but to put these reviews on hold until I get these rather more pressing things taken care of.
X has just made it back from Brisbane even though the Highway remains closed and many of the other roads are covered in water I will be headed up to QLD with him tonight. Thankfully other than one major detour around Grafton it is quite safe for trucks to be travelling through and know that I’ll get there safely. It’s what I find when I get there that scares me.
I will keep my friends and family up to date via twitter and will hopefully be able to report some good news soon. In the meantime if you are able to spare any money – be it a dollar or just a dime – Every Donation is needed and you can donate directly to the Government flood relief fund here. Also any commissions made for purchases made via Screaming-Violet will also be donated to the relief fund.
Wish me luck (& cross your fingers I don’t come across a snake that needs saving arghh!!!), I’ll see you all real soon.