Australia: Severe Flooding Continues

January 10th, 2011

Update: Toowoomba Flood

—End Update—

Via: BBC:

Flash floods have hit Queensland, killing at least four people with several more missing, as heavy rains continue to pound the Australian state.

A massive deluge overwhelmed Toowoomba, a city west of the state capital Brisbane, without warning.

Cars were swept away by the torrent of water.

State Premier Anna Bligh called the flash floods Queensland’s “darkest hour” since the flood crisis began.

“The event that started in Toowoomba can only be described as a complete freak of nature, an extraordinary deluge that almost came out of nowhere,” the Australian Broadcasting Corporation quoted her as saying.

“What we have here in Queensland tonight is a very grim and desperate situation.”

Helicopters have joined the rescue operation to reach those trapped in cars and on the roofs of buildings.

The tropical storms began in November, triggering the worst flooding in the state in decades. Some 200,000 people have been affected across Queensland.

The flooding has been so widespread that while some communities are still bracing themselves for the worst, in others the clean-up is well under way.

The forecast is for more rain to come, and there are reports of flooding in neighbouring New South Wales.

2 Responses to “Australia: Severe Flooding Continues”

  1. Eileen Says:

    My hopes of well being to all the Australian’s. Mind boggling to see kids in swim trunks – but after all its summer there!
    All this looks like Hurricane Katrina to me. So sorry this is happening to your homes, your land, your people.
    My prayer is that the rains, once they have soaked the parched land recede and may we find that they have renewed and restored the grasses for your cattle, your fields to grow your crops.
    Goddess bless you quickly. Amen.

  2. Eileen Says:

    Looking at many sites tonight to understand the formation of Typhoon Tasha – which is “supposedly” the reason for all of the Australian flooding. Check out the currents in the oceans:
    That loop over Australia looks suspect to me.
    With the loop current stalled due to all the OIL in the Ocean – could this flooding be due to BP? My hypothesis is yes.

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