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Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html



If you have a dollar to spare please think of those devestated by these floods just click the government link above .



Thousands flee Brisbane, flash floods kill 9

Eddie Safarik

January 11, 2011 - 7:54PM



Thousands of people fled central Brisbane Tuesday as the panicked city braced for its worst flooding in 120 years, after terrifying flash floods left nine dead and 59 missing nearby.



Workers evacuated en masse after the Brisbane River burst its banks and officials said 6,500 properties and the downtown area would be hit in Australia's third largest city, which was facing its biggest floods since 1893.



"This water is on its way," said Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.

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"Today is very significant, tomorrow is bad, and Thursday is going to be devastating for the residents and businesses concerned," he said.



The exodus by bus, train and car came a day after flash floods devastated the hillside town of Toowoomba, 125 kilometres (80 miles) west in Australia's Great Dividing Range, sweeping away houses and uprooting trees.



In Brisbane, panic-buying took hold as flood alerts were issued for dozens of suburbs and rescuers air-lifted hundreds of residents from outlying towns.



"At our local supermarket queues, all 12 tills were at least 50-60 people deep and all essentials were sold out -- perishables and non-perishables," said Brisbane lawyer Paul Betros, who was sent home when his central office building was evacuated.



"There was no bread, milk, batteries, bottled water, candles. The bakery had sold out of bread and was closing."



The sudden loss of life in Toowoomba dramatically escalated a rolling flood disaster that has inundated vast swathes of Australia's northeast and crippled economic life.



The overall death toll now stands at 20 while three-quarters of Queensland state has been declared a disaster zone as a result of the relentless rains.



An emotional Queensland state premier Anna Bligh said more deaths were expected from the flash floods as rescuers, battling heavy rains and washed-away roads, reach cut-off communities.



"We are now in a very frightening experience," she said. "Can I appeal to everybody that it's at times like this that we all need to make an effort to stay calm, to be patient and stick together."



Prime Minister Julia Gillard, dressed in sombre black, called images of the disaster "simply shocking".



"We have seen very dramatic images of cars tossed around, people on roofs of houses and on the roofs of cars and people literally hanging on for dear life to trees and to signposts," she said.



TV pictures showed Toowoomba's streets turned into churning rapids dotted with floating cars, some with people sitting on top, while elsewhere residents were forced onto roofs as waters lapped at awnings.



Four of the dead were children, some of them swept away in cars driven by their mothers. A man and a younger male died in Murphy's Creek near Toowoomba, 125 kilometres (80 miles) west of Brisbane in the Great Dividing Range.



"Biblical" flooding across the coal-mining and farming belt follows weeks of rain blamed on the La Nina weather system, which has also dumped heavy snow on the northern United States.



Federal MP Ian MacFarlane described fearsome scenes in Toowoomba as the flash flood deluged the town before quickly subsiding, leaving scenes of destruction and people dead in their cars.



"We're just seeing building after building, the water rushing in and blowing the windows out," MacFarlane told Sky News. "Cars that were parked in the car parks were just lifted up and went bobbing down the street."



Toowoomba mayor Peter Taylor told the Seven Network that the flood struck without warning after two normally placid waterways suddenly overflowed, saying "people had no warning at all".



"It was just unprecedented. Some people are saying an inland tsunami, and I think that probably sums it up really," he said.



© 2011 AFP

This story is sourced direct from an overseas news agency as an additional service to readers. Spelling follows North American usage, along with foreign currency and measurement units.

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Jodi - posted on 01/11/2011

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I've actually heard on the news they are estimating around 40,000 properties. I think they are so overwhelmed at the moment that the true devastation of it all probably won't be truly apparent until after the floods subside.....which could be quite some time.

Ez - posted on 01/11/2011

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Loureen, I was just coming here to post something about this. I feel like I'm watching a bad disaster movie. The human toll is astounding. The death toll is going to keep rising. And the damage to property and infrastructure will be unlike anything we have ever seen before.

We are used to Australians being the one to go and help others in times of need. It feels strange to be the ones asking for help. So please, anyone who can, contribute to the relief fund. This water is going to inundate 20,000 homes.

Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011

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Every dollar counts so on behalf of those devestated thank you , they just found another two bodies one was only a teen I think .

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I know two families that are being directly affected by the flooding! One of them is preparing to evacuate their home and they are so worried :( It's so hard being so far away from them and not being able to check in ever 5 seconds to make sure they're still okay :(

Thanks for the link Loureen. We're donating first thing in the morning (as soon as my hubby's paycheck is deposited).

Lindsay - posted on 01/11/2011

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I hope all of our DM ladies and their families are safe from all of this. It's absolutely devastating. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for posting the link, Loureen. We will definately be contributing what we can to help out.

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Brings back memories...but this looks so much worse than Katrina. I'm glad your family is safe. It's a hard thing to watch the places you know get swept away like that and to see your own people suffer from the devastation. *Hugs* I've been thinking about talking to my husband about giving...thanks for the link.

Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011

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No thankfully but my family are sleeping on the floor of refuge centres while others in my family are still in their homes but not for long the flood will get worse at 4 apparently , there is no end in site .

Sharon - posted on 01/11/2011

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Its bigger in Aus, but we get those sorts od floods here. A wall of water bursting out of seemingly no where and destroying, burying everything in its path. I've seen these walls of water knock over a semi & carry it away. Never mind a small passenger car.

My prayers, best wishes and positive vibes go out to everyone affected.

Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011

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Did you know the tree that van hit had a man clinging to it !

A school house was washed down the flood with 50 people in it too .

Amie - posted on 01/11/2011

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The one clip I saw earlier today, the one with the van floating down the street, knocking over a tree. =|

I just can't imagine how terrifying that would be. One minute everything's fine, the next there's wall of water coming at you.

Stifler's - posted on 01/11/2011

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Toowoomba looked like a horror movie!!! It's friggin scary and so sad so many people missing :(:(:(

Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011

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I can't imagine the terror they are going through , the images on the news are just horrifying.

Amie - posted on 01/11/2011

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Good lord, I just don't know what to say about the destruction that's going on. It's been on our news up here a lot. =(

I hope all DM members in Aus who are in the affected area are safe and well.

Charlie - posted on 01/11/2011

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These floods are so widspread they would cover both germany and france .

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