There is only one story consuming us all. Everything else seems trivial in comparison to the floods in Queensland and the devastation on so many lives, properties, animals and families.
We have asked four of our treasured Mamamia contributors in Brisbane – Rick Morton, Bec Sparrow and Kate Hunter – to write us first-hand accounts of what they’re seeing and feeling. Because behind the big numbers we’re seeing in media reports, it’s crucial that we remember these are individual people. Hundreds of thousands of them who are being affected.
Their writing is beautiful and moving and brings home the reality of what so many people are feeling and facing.
I keep looking around my house and thinking ‘what does that actually mean’? What does it mean to have a river gush through your house and take away everything you own and ruin anything it leaves behind.? What does it mean to be told to evacuate? What do you take? How do you decide? How hard is it to walk out that door? And what about pets? So many reports of people being unable to take their pets to shelters or unable to rescue them. What do you do then?
Special mention must go out to Queensland Premiere Anna Bligh who is doing the most EXTRAORDINARY job under the most extraordinary pressure. What a class act.
Our prayers and love and support goes out to everyone affected.
Important numbers and links if you need assistance:
In an emergency call the SES on 132 500
Relatives and friends seeking information about people in flood affected areas should call the Policelink Flood Information Hotline on 1300 993 191 International calls: +61 7 3055 6220
Current weather warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/
Road closures: http://www.racq.com.au/travel/Maps_and_Directions/road_conditions
The Queensland Police are posting reliable updates via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
9:00AM Wednesday : Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh confirmed that 10 people are now dead, including five children and the number of people missing has been revised to 90. The seriousness of this disaster is still unfolding and the Premier has said the flood levels will exceed the 1974 levels.
‘We are facing one of our toughest ever tests; now is not a time for panic, now is a time to stick together,’ said the Premier. “Now is the time to be reaching out to friends and offering help and where necessary, a bed for the night over the coming 2-3 days.”