Monday, 10 January 2011

No Sewing Content

As we have received several telephone calls this evening from concerned interstate relatives, I will join the 6pm news and show you some flooding.At present,we are only inconvenienced by the flood, as we live and work above the one hundred year flood zone.(The river height level above which no flood has occurred in the past 100 years) Unfortunately, I was able to walk to work this morning, the whole 700m was clear of flooding.

No staff could come in, as the bridge to the main residential area of town is now 19m, rather than 15m under.
Kidd Bridge, 19m under The river is expected to rise at least another 3 metres tonight, more if it keeps raining.

The main business district is flooded.
Monkland St, business district
Mary street sandbags
Reef St, Monkland st intersection
The photo above is about 50metres down the very steep hill from my work.

I had to walk 3km to get home, as both ends of the road we live in are flooded
South end of our street (looking north)
(our house is the one under that grey roof left of centre - at the top of the hill).
North end of our street (llooking north) There is a cross road at the top of the hill, and this is still clear to the east, although flooded to the west.


Unfortunately I can probably not take a sewing day tomorrow - there is plenty of thrilling tax compliance work to do, even if there are no customers.
The most pleasing thing about going to work today was the discovery of 3 litres of milk in the fridge. My tea addiction is no longer under threat.

21 comments:

lin3arossa said...

Wow that's brutal!

Vicki said...

Goodness! And it just seems to be getting worse!! Keeping you in our thoughts.

Mae said...

I'm in Cairns, and we're in no danger of flooding. The inland route to the north has opened and trucks are restocking the shops. However, prices of fruit and vegetables have doubled/tripled with most of Queensland's crops underwater. In this season, the far north mainly grows tropical fruits, coffee, tea and spices. We have lots of fresh turmeric and chilis in our garden! I guess I'd better start growing bean and alfalfa sprouts.

Ruthie said...

Scary stuff! But it was was worth going in to work for that milk :-) Hang in there, thinking of you.

sewing spots said...

Wow. I hope the rains end soon for you. That will be one major clean up! Stay safe.

KID, MD said...

I'm so glad that your home and the shop have been spared! What amazing pictures.

Summer Flies said...

We are pretty safe overall in Brisbane but the flooding I saw on the news of Toowoomba was terrifying! Stay safe! (no sacrifices for tea!).. on a lighter note; I bet you are glad of that fantastic waterproof coat!!!!
Sofie www.sewdarntired.blogspot.com

ejvc said...

Thanks for keeping us updated. London is mercifully free of flooding should you feel the sudden need for a holiday...

Mary Beth said...

Thanks for the pix and update on your flooding situation as I have been hoping you would break your rule about no non-sewing posts. Glad you're OK! That's a lot of water and this kind of flooding does affect the economy in many ways. Good on you for keeping your chin up!

Mary Nanna said...

I too admired your raincoat but I'm guessing you never thought it would be getting such a work out now.

Those poor businesses - I know Australia never really got hit by the recession the same way the rest of the western world did, but I'm sure retail has been down just the same, it will be hard for them.

Carol said...

I'm so pleased you can have tea. I was having withdrawals for you. In fact, I drank a pot in your honour yesterday afternoon! I could actually get out of my valley today, but my driveway is still a river. There's more flooding predicted in the Tweed, Brunswick and Richmond Rivers tonight and tomorrow!

Sharon said...

So glad you are on the hill and that your business is dry as well. My heart goes out to all the other families and businesses that are under water.

Gail said...

Climate change deniers need to see these pictures.

kbenco said...

The river heights in this area have been recorded since the 1880's, and floods in the early 1900's were higher than the current levels, and also higher than the 1999 flood. Several major floods occurred within one 20 year period early last century. This is a gold rush town. There was a complete lack of town planning at the outset, and these things are tricky to change!

velosewer said...

I hope you survive the deluge. All the best for the coming weeks.

MareeAlison said...

Karen - I've been thinking of you. I'm glad to hear you are safe and sound. I've just been watching the news and low lying areas of Brisbane are being evacuated too now. I was in the 1974 floods in Brissy and I recall the devastation. Also growing up in Cairns we were always being flooded out somewhere.

Pity about the work but good about the milk. Maree

Handmade said...

sheesh - thank goodness for the milk!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oh wow, those photos are awful! My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

Sue said...

Glad you are safe and well!

Orur town is out of milk and will probably be out of bread by tomorrow. The petrol bowsers are all lined up.

The saddest sounds are the helicopters overhead that, now the rain has eased, are looking for the missing at the bottom of the range.

Stay well during this difficult time!

Powderpuff said...

Hi I really hope you and your family are ok. I have been thinking of you over the last few days as things have got so much worse in Qld. Lara from Perth WA

Shelley's Garden said...

I keep watching the news reports, remembering your daughters were in Brisbane. Hope you're all continuing to be OK.