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‘Brisbane: no longer a city now a family’ » Life @ Number 8
Jan 152011
(this blog post title is a quote from Mel on 7s Sunrise program)

Today, ‘Salvation Saturday’ over 12,000 volunters arrived to help clean up after the flood.

But first, the flood

an inland tsunami is how the raging waters that swept through Toowoomba (west of Brisbane) & then crashing down the range; sweeping thr0ough Grantham & Helidon claiming many lives in terrible circumstances.

sudden & deadly

this is what the people of Brisbane faced as they went out to friends, neighbours & strangers:

whole houses, apartments had filled with the muddy river water. Then drained…

house after house after house after street after street after street after suburb after suburb looked like this:

Premier Anna Bligh said ‘

“As we weep for what we have lost, and as we grieve for family and friends and we confront the challenge that is before us, I want us to remember who we are,” she said, breaking down.

“We are Queenslanders.

“We’re the people that they breed tough, north of the border.

I have decided that this is my contribution to photohunter’s theme ‘Shadow’#248

for surely we have had a shadow over us; but shadows leave and brighter days & times arrive.

‘How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world.’

- Shakespeare

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  • http://pattybeecham.blogspot.com/ Patty

    I said much the same thing, here. http://t.co/TdFDeF1 Good stuff!
    Patty recently posted..Everything I am I owe to Art and Simon

  • http://blog.badangel.org.uk rach

    I can’t imagine what it’s like having lived through that and having to cope with such utter devastation, but please be aware that the rest of the world is thing of you all
    rach recently posted..Photohunt – Shadow

  • http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/marta/ Marta

    Thanks for participating in the photohunt and showing us a shadow of what is happening in Brisbane. I have been following it on ABC radio podcasts but your pictures so much much more on the impact on the people and the resilience and spirit of the Queenlanders. Thank you for posting and stay safe. I am glad to hear your street did not flood.
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  • http://ewok1993.wordpress.com Ewok

    We are praying for all of you.
    Ewok recently posted..Photo Hunt 115- Shadow

  • http://jdeq.typepad.com Jerry

    The images that we’ve seen over here in Canada have been shocking. Rebuilding won’t be easy.

    Thinking of you during these challenging times!
    Jerry recently posted..Photo Hunt – Shadow

  • http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/ healingmagichands

    Excellent post, I love the last shot. So sorry to hear about the devastation in Brisbane, we loved your city when we visited it. We have been following the news on the BBC, and the shots of people already out cleaning up as the waters have only begun to recede are very inspirational. Good luck to you in the coming difficult days.

    healingmagichands recently posted..Photohunter- Shadow

  • http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.com YTSL

    Amazing pics. Some shots are shocking and heartbreaking — the last one, though, offers hope.
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