Tuesday, January 11, 2011

waiting for the water...


After watching the devastation caused by flooding in many Queensland towns over the last few weeks, it is now Brisbane's turn to wait for the water to come. While our home is thankfully on high ground and in no danger, so many friends live in areas that are predicted to go under over the next two days. I find it hard to tear myself away from the news bulletins and tweets, and my heart has been breaking for those families who lost loved ones in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. It is so hard to comprehend how much of this state has been affected by flooding - an area twice the size of Texas and five times the size of the United Kingdom - and it seems petty to worry about the little, everyday frustrations when such an enormous event is taking place. The photo above was taken in the most recent major flood Brisbane suffered, back in 1974. This one is predicted to be worse.

And so we watch, and wait, and pray.

13 comments:

Sunshine Mama said...

I live in Canada and so, I've only heard of the floods yesterday through a blog. You would think something like this would have made the news... and you are right. It is silly to stress about little things when something like this is taking place. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this.

~Stephanie

Osk and Oly said...

Sending our prayers to you all in QLD.It certainly makes all the little worries in our lives seem so trivial when you see all those who have lost so much- my heart goes out to everyone affected... stay safe... love and thoughts from the UK.
Pen x

Stripes by the Seaside.. said...

So terrible I can hardly believe it is all unfolding. Take care and stay safe and your friends/family too. Mel xx

theoldboathouse said...

Hi Clare glad you are safe and dry. I am watching the teke now....it is just unbelievable xxx Katherine

Flourishing Networks said...

Very devastating we are watching it in Western Australia and cannot believe it!! Thinking of everyone in Brisbane hope your friends are ok!

Naturally Carol said...

Glad you're ok...we've been the same here, glued to the tv as though it is some drama played out before our eyes...terrible and surreal! Just hoping neighbours and friends are looking after the disabled and elderly too. A disabled man was saying there was about a hundred disabled not accounted for last week from floods up north!

dana jenkins said...

You've made me understand the scope of this for the first time. Our world seems so small sometimes and at others we know so little of what's happening. Your country and its people are in my prayers. dana

Emma Burgess said...

Oh Clare, I do hope you are OK. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all Qld. Emma.

Emma Burgess said...

Oh Clare, I do hope you are OK. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all Qld. Emma.

Sandrine said...

I am glad you are ok.Take care
Sandrine xx

Vintage Pimento said...

Thinking of you all and so worried!!
Sending prayers up.

Beth
Virginia, USA

Letitia Linke said...

I hope you and those you know made it throught the floods ok! Letitia

mondo cherry said...

Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers. It has been amazing to see how the people of Brisbane have come together to clean up after the floods - many residents have met their neighbours for the first time! Life in the city is slowly getting back to normal and the courage shown by those who lost everything is truly inspiring.
Clare x