It is with some relief to note the flood waters peaked at 4,46 meters last night, therefore not matching the 1074 floods. But the devastation and loss of loss is tragic.
Please spare a thought for our fellow Queenslanders and give what you can. To any Queensland readers, my deepest sympathies. I hope you and your loved ones are safe.
The areas affected in Brisbane:
Video footage of Brisbane:
I’m both mortified and saddened.
But a glimmer of hope as Brisbane river peaks at 4.46 metres, not the 5.5 that was feared:
Brisbane residents this morning awoke to the good news that the river has peaked at 4.46 metres, more than a metre below the predicted peak of 5.5m.
The 1974 flood, the worst of last century, was 5.45 metres.
Tragically, there are fears of a “mass under water grave“:
“You’d have to think with 30-odd cars here, we’re about to find some pretty unpleasant things,” a police officer said.
Within the once 300-strong community, some 43 people are missing. Another three have been confirmed dead.
The once vibrant Grantham has become a ghost town, the ground zero of Queensland’s crisis.
Just one street of houses remains intact – everything else has been flattened.
120,000 are still without power.
Queensland Anna Bligh compares the devastation to the aftermath of a war:
QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has warned that some Brisbane residents may not be able to move back into their flood-affected homes for months.
With the Brisbane River now peaking, more than 11,000 homes are expected to be totally ravaged by the flood disaster.
Ms Bligh said the state was facing a reconstruction effort of “post-war proportions”.
Ms Bligh said people in evacuation centres may be able to look at their inundated homes “some time” over the weekend.
“They won’t be able to get in to clean them until they’ve had electrical certification and are made safe,” she told ABC Radio.
Next week, they may be able to begin the “heartbreaking business” of cleaning up and rescuing possessions.
“But they may not be able to move back into their homes for literally months.
“So, there is a very big dislocation effort we have to manage very carefully.”