Just popping by to let concerned people know that I'm OK here in Brisbane*. Flood waters will not be reaching my family's homes, and there is lots of time for other Brisbane residents to prepare for the worst of the floods - unlike the poor people caught in flash floods in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley yesterday.
Earlier today I told someone that the sound of tropical rain on a tin roof was one of the things I missed most while I was in the UK - I change my mind now! The rain can stop!
*And after seeing the BBC coverage, I can see why I'm getting so many emails from UK folk, the headline implies we're all evacuating and the scary video is from Toowoomba yesterday.
We have one aunt who is prepared for flooding, she thought better safe than sorry so has moved her stuff, sandbagged the house and will sit safely at another family member's house for a couple of days. Like I said, so much better than flash flooding! I never knew how fast that could happen before.
I knew I had a dozen or so Aussies on my flist, if only from Ashes banter, but now I discover I have four in Queensland. Funny how close the internet can bring one to disasters and tragedies, isn't it?
Stay safe and dry. Yes, the Beeb is going for the dramatic footage, but your Pommy cousins are genuinely concerned.
The flash floods west of us were just terrible. I have never seen anything like it in Queensland. The valley was at least understandable, but Toowoomba is a drought-prone town in a tiny catchment on the top of a mountain!
We did have all the SNOW SNOW news but flooding definitely taken over now.
Just to have a change from the drought, we're having a very rainy wet season. An area greater than France and Germany combined was flooded in QLD in the last couple of weeks, and now some towns flooding again for the second time since Christmas. The worst flooding was a couple of days ago as it was surprise flash flooding that killed people. Water is now on it's way to Brisbane, which is a city of 1-2 million, but most people should be OK here (though houses will go under).
Wow, we were just talking about this at work today. No-one else knew where Brisbane was (*cringes for my fellow Americans* but honestly I wouldn't have either except I visited Cairns when I was in Australia a few years ago) but we were all concerned for you all. But I didn't realize that's where you and your family were! Yikes! I'm glad you're safe, and I do hope you continue to stay that way!