I’m sure you haven’t missed that it’s been raining a fare bit in Australia lately, especially in the northern parts, in Queensland, where several cities have been flooded. Especially Rockhampton is hit hard and the water level in Fitzroy River is 9.2 meters above normal levels. It’s a rain period in the northern parts of Australia every year but it rained up to six times more compared to the average downfall during December last year.
Flood peaks in eastern Australia over the period 26 November 2010 – 7 January 2011.
An aerial view of partially submerged houses in flooded Rockhampton, January 2
I read somewhere that the area under water is as big as Germany and France together and that’s a VERY big area. Cattle stations, crops and houses are under water and they have trouble getting supplies into the area since the airport is under water too but the army has been evacuating people and bringing in supplies with Blackhawk helicopters.
The water has forced snakes out of their holes and they,
as well as the humans are trying to escape the rising water.
I also read that the town of Toowomba, located 120 km west of Brisbane, was hit by raging flood water today causing the death of at least four people.
“Today just went from a normal wet day with heavy rain to a day of disaster here” a Toowoomba resident told Herald Sun. “Everything happened so quickly. There was a lot of heavy rain here and then all of a sudden some light thunder and lightening and all hell broke loose.”
Cars piled up after being washed away by the raging flash flood.
Not a very good start to 2011 for Australia and the wonderful state Queensland. It will take years to recover from the billions of dollars loss the flooding has caused. The three main industries in the area (the mining, agriculture and tourism) have all been affected and the supply of fruit and veggies is drying up which will mean they have to start importing and the prices will then of course be a lot dearer.