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Lin Lin
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:36 AM
:sad::sad:

ROCKHAMPTON: Australian residents fled their homes and sandbagged properties Tuesday as a major town was threatened by a worsening flood disaster which unleashed a plague of snakes and crocodiles.

Tens of thousands of people in Rockhampton braced for complete isolation as waters which have inundated an area bigger than France and Germany, and closed the town's airport and railway, lapped at the last remaining road link.

Rumours of crocodile sightings swept the besieged cattle-farming centre northeast of Brisbane, population 75,000, while snakes up to two metres (6.5 feet) long were spotted around the town centre.

The snakes, including highly venomous taipans, brown snakes and red-bellied blacks, are climbing trees and hiding in people's houses as they search for dry refuge, residents said.

"The snakes are a massive problem, I've shut all the doors because they're coming in," said Suzanne Miller, owner of the Pioneer Hotel pub, adding that her mother was "almost killed" by a brown snake.

"She is living on a boat near here and it was curled round the rope," Miller said. "She could feel the tongue flicking on to her face to test how far away it was, ready to bite, and then it jumped into her lap."

Miller said her mother's husband used a stick to flick the snake into the water, adding that the boat almost capsized as the pair leaped around and screamed in panic.

Emergency officials warned that the snakes were aggressive, while crocodiles flushed from rivers by the rising floods could easily be mistaken for debris.

"(Snakes are) in their mating season and they've been flushed out of their environment... snakes are very, very cranky right now," State Emergency Service (SES) operations director Scott Mahaffey said.

"(And) the problem with crocodiles now is it's very, very hard to pick (them out) with the amount of debris," he added. One SES volunteer told AFP he had seen "two cops hightailing it out of the water with a croc going past".

Thousands of poisonous cane toads were also spotted around Rockhampton while authorities say the town will also be hit by sandflies and disease-carrying mosquitoes breeding in the standing water.

About 200 people have evacuated on foot or by boat, including two pregnant women who went into labour. Some 200 homes are already flooded with the Fitzroy River bisecting town expected to peak at 9.4 metres on Wednesday or Thursday.

"I know people around here are pretty tough, but if your house gets smashed up pretty bad and you have lost all of your kids' presents (it's difficult)," Mahaffey said.

Rockhampton, 500 kilometres (300 miles) from Brisbane and a hub for the farming and coal-mining region, is now the focus for what officials call "biblical" floods affecting 200,000 people across Queensland state.

Weeks of heavy rains have swollen rivers to record levels, deluging mines and farms, washing away bridges and forcing military evacuations of entire towns by helicopter.

Ten people have died trying to negotiate fast-running waters in vehicles, swimming or on foot over the past month, while the disaster is expected to cost several billions of dollars (several billion US).

Flooded mines and railways and closed ports have hammered Queensland's all-important production of hard coking coal, much of it bound for urbanising Asia's steel mills.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed condolences Monday for the dead and offered aid, while neighbouring New Zealand promised to send an emergency response team.

In Rockhampton, the military trucked in supplies and police frog-marched one reluctant resident from his home, considered too dangerous to remain in as the waters rise.

Other parts of the state are already cleaning up after the worst of the flooding passed, but officials warn relief and recovery operations could last for weeks.

Read more: Snakes, crocodiles threaten flood-hit Australia town - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Snakes-crocodiles-threaten-flood-hit-Australia-town/articleshow/7215453.cms#ixzz1A3svKCbc

JN
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:44 AM
WTF??? :eek:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:41 AM
What can we do to help?

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:42 AM
yeah, pretty devastating :hug:

Super Dave
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Talk about Hell...holy crap.

Keadz
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Its fairly devestating. I think the area effected is equal or bigger than the size of France and Germany combined.

I believe there is something like 3 deaths, but I read an article saying it may be up to 10?

Certainly not going to be a quick fix to this one.

Lin Lin
Jan 5th, 2011, 09:25 AM
It's too sad:sad:,any introductions about that area?Like the population,industry,agriculture etc.Thanks:)

Pasta-Na
Jan 5th, 2011, 09:41 AM
It's too sad:sad:,any introductions about that area?Like the population,industry,agriculture etc.Thanks:)

too lazy to google it? :rolleyes:

Lin Lin
Jan 5th, 2011, 09:47 AM
any links?

Cage
Jan 5th, 2011, 10:24 AM
Another massive storm here! australian weather this year has been so odd. The other day i saw a pool toy float by front door...

Pasta-Na
Jan 5th, 2011, 10:24 AM
raining now :o

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Floods is one of the natural disasters I hate the most. We had two big ones last year and it's really devastating.
Be strong Australia and hope for a better weather :hug:

OZTENNIS
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:28 AM
Yep, the rain is back and the forecast is for up to 200 mL or 8 inches more rain in some parts of Queensland, including in the flood zone.

I live in SE Qld and we have been lucky here compared to others around the state. Floodwaters are virtually all around SE Queensland, to the north, the west and even some south of the border in northern New South Wales.

Lin Lin
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
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Lin Lin
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
http://1823.img.pp.sohu.com.cn/images/2011/1/6/16/26/u105391998_12e122cf61ag215.jpg

Dani12
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:36 AM
You really have to be careful of the snakes, especially when the water starts to receed. The flood we had here the other month washed them into trees and it is not a nice surprise :sad:

God gave us water for the droughts...too much MAN! Stay strong Aussie battlers :)

Lin Lin
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:57 PM
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1103209/1/.html

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia: More heavy rains were forecast for Australia's northeast Friday, threatening to worsen flooding after besieged Rockhampton cut supplies to "irresponsible" residents refusing to leave.

In a severe weather warning, Canberra's Bureau of Meteorology said predicted heavy rainfall in parts of Queensland, "with the potential for flash flooding and this may contribute to existing flooding situation."

The bureau said water levels were expected to fall "very slowly" in the regional centre of Rockhampton, a town virtually surrounded by a brown inland sea.

But the town of St George was bracing itself for a flood peak at the weekend of almost 14 metres on the Balonne river, the highest level on record.

Levees have been built, but while the floods are slightly lower than predicted earlier residents fear the effects of the waters, less than a year after the Balonne set its previous highest level.

"To watch your lovely homes that were restored over the last 10 months go under again, it's very heartbreaking and no doubt people are feeling down in the dumps and a little bit bitter," Balonne Shire Mayor Donna Stewart told ABC.

Australia's coal-mining and farming belt near Brisbane is suffering "biblical" floods across an area the size of Texas, after La Nina, a weather system, deluged Queensland state with its wettest year on record.

The waters have affected 200,000 people, and the disaster, described as the state's worst, has inundated or cut off 40 towns. The murky tide has destroyed crops, roads and bridges and swept 10 people to their deaths, along with thousands of animals.

The crisis has cost about one billion US dollar in lost production at Queensland's coking coal mines, which account for half the world's supply, putting upward inflationary pressure on the shaky global economy.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have evacuated or are trying to salvage homes and belongings, while dealing with the threat of poisonous snakes, crocodiles and disease-carrying mosquitoes as they negotiate the sludge and rain.

In Rockhampton, where waters peaked slightly lower than fear, Mayor Brad Carter on Thursday slammed residents, including those with children, who refused to evacuate and were relying on food and groceries brought by emergency personnel wading through snake-infested waters.

"We have taken a decision, and we make it very clear, that we cannot put emergency services resources at risk bringing in those supplies," Carter said.

"They have to now respect and understand that because they make that choice... they will not be getting resupply of essential services, goods and grocery items provided by emergency services personnel."

Acting police superintendent David Peff said that wading into the waters -- sometimes up to chest height -- was dangerous for his men and backed the mayor's pleas to isolated residents in the town of 75,000.

"Every time we put police or SES (State Emergency Service) people into that water... my personal concern is people that are helping will end up being bitten by a snake," Peff told reporters.

Australia's sodden 2010 -- the third wettest year on record -- broke a decade-old drought in some areas and brought the unusual sight of waterfalls cascading off Uluru, or Ayers Rock, as torrents raced along parched riverbeds.

Lush, green landscapes in New South Wales state forced film-makers to postpone shooting for "Mad Max 4", set in a post-apocalypse desert, while an Outback yachting regatta went ahead for the first time in 10 years.

- AFP

Lin Lin
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:57 PM
Aussie:hug:

OZTENNIS
Jan 10th, 2011, 10:05 AM
The flood crisis in Queensland is moving south and has perhaps gotten worse. This happened just a few hours ago in Toowoomba, a regional city with 100 000 people an hour and a half from Brisbane. Apparently the city had more than 2 inches or 60mL of rain in just 1 hour, on top of the huge rainfall totals from previous days and weeks. The water hit the middle of the Toowoomba CBD and is now supposed to have headed down into the Lockyer Valley. Keep in mind that these are STREETS not swollen creeks or rivers where the water is flowing. At this time 2 people in Toowoomba are confirmed dead and more are missing however emergency crews are unsure of how many people are missing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7HLvwPmles&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0euKh61NVjg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEBIZ2KLsPA

I can't seem to embed the videos at the moment. There have been other videos of the floods down the mountain from Toowoomba in the Lockyer Valley though I can't seem to find them at the moment.

AnDrEi.b
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:13 AM
Aussies :hug:

Huntress55
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:18 AM
I have some family that live there, its pretty scary. Some of the photos on facebook are ridiculous.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=o.131892186875737#!/photo.php?fbid=496018434393&set=o.131892186875737

4 people have been confirmed dead:sad:

Territory
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:31 AM
They're saying seven confirmed dead now from today's flash flooding :sad:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/10/3109846.htm

Lin Lin
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:41 AM
I saw some scary videos on CCTV-NEWS,a car and two people apparently were engulfed by flood:scared::sad:

Kirt12255
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:49 PM
:sad: 8 People now confirmed dead and 72 people still missing.
Yesterday in Toowoomba, they are calling it an "instant inland tsunami", with an 8 meter high water wall crashing down the valley. Been described as a freak of nature.

ivanban
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:59 PM
:scared:

Keadz
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:07 AM
Getting very serious today.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL3E7CA24B20110110

The death toll from Australia's devastating floods is expected to climb, with grave fears held for many of the 72 people still missing, the premier of flood-stricken Queensland state said on Tuesday.

"We fully expect that we may see that figure rise," Premier Anna Bligh told a news conference, describing the situation as grim and desperate. The confirmed death toll stands at at least 12 since the floods began about three weeks ago.

"Given the circumstances, we hold very grave concerns for many of those people who are unaccounted for in this region."

Keadz
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:25 AM
http://images.brisbanetimes.com.au/2011/01/11/2127829/420kurilpa-420x0.jpg

Brisbane River has broken its banks at West End

The dams are currently the only things that have stopped Brisbane from virtually being under water by now, thankfully they were constructed for the extra capacity.

Lin Lin
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:31 AM
Brisbane:eek:

Huntress55
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:33 AM
Parts of the CBD are now being evacuated too :scared:

Lin Lin
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Fresh rains are expected in that region:scared:

Josh.
Jan 11th, 2011, 01:20 AM
Parts of the CBD are now being evacuated too :scared:

Yep, West End was evacuated this morning and now areas further down stream are aswell. I have friends who live near the Gabba (not sure of the suburb name) that are now being evacuated.

Keadz
Jan 11th, 2011, 02:52 AM
Another 5 bodies found :sad:

Kəv.
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:30 AM
:sad: I feel sorry for the kids like 4 of them died. At the AO they should have like a hit for Queensland.

Josh.
Jan 11th, 2011, 04:28 AM
:sad: I feel sorry for the kids like 4 of them died. At the AO they should have like a hit for Queensland.

Hopefully they will. Today was bad, tomorrow worse and Thursday is going to be disastrous for Brisbane.

Josh.
Jan 11th, 2011, 04:49 AM
7 news reporting 'If you flooded in the '74 floods, get out now.'

:unsure:

Kəv.
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:37 AM
:lol: What?

Omg all news today was floods ! floods! floods!!

austennisfan
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:54 AM
as a proud queenslander, it really upsets me to see my state being demolished. I really hope they do have a hit for queensland at the AO.

Betten
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Are the locusts still rampant in the north?

Cage
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Ive been warned that i will be told evacuate the house but im just going under the rule i aint moving till next doors car floats passed. Think id rather die then have no house or stuff left anyways....

Territory
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:41 AM
Don't be silly. You have to go if they tell you to. Stuff is just stuff in the end. Please do what the authorities say. They have a lot of people to worry about as well as you. Don't make it hard for them.

kittyking
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:48 AM
A number of ex-cantabrians live in and around Brisbane, including one of my best mates. Stay safe, stay calm, stay alive. Our prayers are with you

Lachy
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Go away rain :sobbing:

Cage
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Don't be silly. You have to go if they tell you to. Stuff is just stuff in the end. Please do what the authorities say. They have a lot of people to worry about as well as you. Don't make it hard for them.
I wouldnt leave my animals behind to die anyways they already said u have to leave your pets behind screw that....

kittyking
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:10 AM
I wouldnt leave my animals behind to die anyways they already said u have to leave your pets behind screw that....

I'm a pet lover, I genuinely consider my two cats as two sons. No way would I leave them behind, dude I'm feeling for you right now

Shvedbarilescu
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:11 AM
I wouldnt leave my animals behind to die anyways they already said u have to leave your pets behind screw that....

You certainly have a point there. If you do need to evacuate it is certainly right that you should take your pets with you.

Droolv
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:19 PM
This is just devastating for Queensland. It keeps getting worse and worse, stay strong guys :hug:

Hagar
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:08 PM
It's such an irony of fate. In one corner of Australia there have been fires, now we have these floods in another corner. It's an amazing country but with extreme climate conditions. Crossing my fingers and praying for all Aussies...
I hope the tennis world will do something, I am sure they will.

Kirt12255
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:54 PM
:scared:Latest update says 40,000 properties will be effected, 19,000 of those residential with over 2,000 streets expected to be under water, 7,000 businesses. They are revising figures all the time though. Piss off rain!!

austennisfan
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:45 AM
I wouldnt leave my animals behind to die anyways they already said u have to leave your pets behind screw that....

They had a woman on the news last night who had been evacuated and she took her pets. She had to stay at the RNA showgrounds, but she had her pets with her and she was safe. As suggested, just be safe and although possessions seem important, they arent important as your life.

Keadz
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:10 AM
http://images.brisbanetimes.com.au/2011/01/12/2129710/brisbane400-600x400.jpg
http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2011/01/12/1225986/222296-ipswich-floods-defcon.jpg
http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2011/01/12/1225986/059548-flood-cityside.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/5345749580_d35dfd95a8_b.jpg
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http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5345627120_68cc810022_b.jpg

austennisfan
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:12 AM
here is the tennis centre
http://twitpic.com/3p86s0

Wiggly
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:33 AM
Terrible.

From bushfires to floodings, Australia has suffured from some tragic situations in the last few years.

Territory
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:43 AM
Amazing photos. I can't believe how full on this flood is. Brisbane built an enormous dam after their last big floods in 1974 but the dam is now full and they are release water into the river. No one in Brisbane ever thought this could happen again.

Hope everyone there stays safe!

That photo of the Tennis Centre! :sad: Can't believe they were playing a WTA and ATP tournament there last week!

Huntress55
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:24 AM
Its just so crazy. And so sad:sad:

My dad is still in the city atm. And my friend lives right near the river in Bulimba which is starting to flood.

So weird that a tennis tournie was just played at that tennis centre.

Huntress55
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:23 AM
Wow I cant believe Suncorp Stadium is under water. :eek: Its reached the seats now!

http://i52.tinypic.com/293bqdj.jpg

Kəv.
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:28 AM
:o Poor Queensland

Kəv.
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:53 AM
nastia_pav @ twitter I just saw the center court in Brisbane have been flooded ! Oh my god,I can't believe it I was just playing there 4 days ago!that's scary:(

Kəv.
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:55 AM
Luckily the tournament was last week and not this week or we wouldn't even know what to do with the tournamen, they probably cancel it.

Hagar
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Wow I cant believe Suncorp Stadium is under water. :eek: Its reached the seats now!

http://i52.tinypic.com/293bqdj.jpg

OMG!!! :eek:

Lin Lin
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:46 PM
This is too sad:sad:

Super Dave
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Just speechless... :sad:

LoveFifteen
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:37 PM
This is absolutely tragic. It's shocking. :sad:

My hometown of Nashville, Tennessee had historic flooding last year, and the city is still struggling to recover, but the level of flooding in Australia is simply biblical. My heart goes out to the people there. :hug:

MonkeyBoo
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:59 PM
Oh gosh, that is just tragic :( So many people flooded out! Oz has just been getting a string of bad weather for a couple years now :( Two years ago around this time (Feb. 8th to be exact) it was so dry and they had massive forest fires all over that destroyed so many houses, trees, land, wildlife, etc :( I read an article on http://www.homeinsurance.org about what happens if you're just getting repeatedly hit with bad weather/ unforeseen tragic circumstances, etc... so sad - harsh beats :( My heart goes out to Australia!

matthias
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:22 PM
i feel so sorry for all the people who lost her home and all the stuff they loved
and i feel sorry for all the poor animals, saw some horses swimming in the flood and they didn´t know where to go, i hope they can rescue as much as possible

Josh.
Jan 13th, 2011, 01:35 AM
Channel 7 just reported that there will be a 'Rally for Relief' aiming to raise money for the flood victims.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/tennis-champs-rally-for-flood-relief/story-e6frf96o-1225987134467

Lin Lin
Jan 13th, 2011, 02:26 AM
:sad:


I saw some scary pics:sad:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 13th, 2011, 02:29 AM
I wouldnt leave my animals behind to die anyways they already said u have to leave your pets behind screw that....

Why would they tell you to leave your pets? :(

Thoughts go out to you and everyone in Queensland. This is really tragic; hope everything's going to be fine soon.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 13th, 2011, 04:26 AM
Why would they tell you to leave your pets? :(


Because it's human life that matters the most and there's thousands of people to rescue. They wouldn't be able to save animals. And to be honest as cruel as it sounds animals are just animals, tho I would never want to leave my cat behind so I understand Cage's feelings.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 13th, 2011, 04:56 AM
Because it's human life that matters the most and there's thousands of people to rescue. They wouldn't be able to save animals. And to be honest as cruel as it sounds animals are just animals, tho I would never want to leave my cat behind so I understand Cage's feelings.

To each his own. My pets are like my family and I'd save their lives rather than some random person I don't know.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 13th, 2011, 05:09 AM
To each his own. My pets are like my family and I'd save their lives rather than some random person I don't know.

Save who you want, I'm talking about officials, rescue crews etc.

Dani12
Jan 13th, 2011, 07:02 AM
Let's also not forget the tragedy in Brazil, with the awful mud-slides and floods they are suffering. December-January always seems to be a terrible time for disasters. So cruel :sad: