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Alive and well
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.
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peggy_2 From: peggy_2 Date: January 11th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just about to send you a message! thank you. I am so relieved to know you and your family (and that darling complication of a niece) are all safe and well.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
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.

Thanks for the good thoughts :)
rebelheart From: rebelheart Date: January 11th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's a relief to hear you're ok. Thanks for posting.
Send the rain to the Perth metro area. We have bush fires set by arsonists in Mandurah that's devastated homes and bushland.
Stay safe.

emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes it isn't a relaxing summer!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 11th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm relieved that you're OK.

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.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has been lovely to receive so many kind messages from my friends overseas!
philia_fan From: philia_fan Date: January 11th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I'm glad you're okay. The newspaper pix here are rather dire as well, and I have been thinking of you.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
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!
intertext From: intertext Date: January 11th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to know you're ok!
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank-you :)
steepholm From: steepholm Date: January 11th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'd been a bit concerned! Glad to hear you're okay.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
checkers65477 From: checkers65477 Date: January 11th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very glad to hear that you and your family are fine. I hope the rain ends soon, and the waters recede. So alarming, waiting to see how high they go, and what destruction occurs.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 11th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has finally stopped raining (well, mostly) but the waters are rolling on + there is a king tide today too. Of course it is much better for rescuers and house packing to have less rain!

I am finding it a bit surreal as sitting here in the hills in sunny weather I can only imagine parts of Brisbane I know going under.

Edited at 2011-01-12 12:10 am (UTC)
checkers65477 From: checkers65477 Date: January 12th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't heard the term "king tide" but now that I visited wikipedia I understand. :) I love learning Aussie terms!
jade_sabre_301 From: jade_sabre_301 Date: January 12th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
...is it raining in Australia? All I've been hearing about is the SNOW SNOW SNOW in the Southeastern United States. *g*

So, thank you for letting me know a) it's flooding and b) you're all right! :-)
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 12th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
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).
tiegirl From: tiegirl Date: January 12th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
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!
emmaco From: emmaco Date: January 12th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Well Brisbane is hardly famous or a huge tourist destination (though a nice place to live normally!) so don't be too hard on your co-workers :)

lady_schrapnell From: lady_schrapnell Date: January 14th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Managed to miss this somehow, and was worrying until steepholm told me you'd posted. Hope you're STILL okay!!
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