Merry Floodmas!

13 Jan

Well, it’s been a pretty rough few days, the river peaked below the 1974 levels, but it’s all been pretty devastating really. People have lost homes, loved ones, and a massive cleanup will soon be underway.

But, many seem to have retained their sense of humor about it all, it’s a coping mechanism, and it’s that, or get too upset to handle. Things can be replaced, homes can be rebuilt, memories are memories. You can’t replace people.

I for one, was lucky to not be hit by the floods, and I didn’t have to go on a panic shop before hand (as I did that weeks ago after my appendix out), though the Coles at New Farm is flooded…. IGA is about to get a huge surge in business. The internet has been a fantastic connecting point (facebook, twitter etc) when phone lines have been too clogged to use.  People have used it to connect with family members they feared for, to share their stories, their photos and for the emergency services to get vital information out.

Forever the occasional optimist (and someone who just bought a copy of Real Living and a bag of party mix with his instant mash potato and tinned food supply) there are some entertaining (tragic..ly entertaining), interesting and occasionally tragic photos coming out of this.

These are a few posted on the brisbanetimes website (with descriptions and photo credits from same – not taking any credit here) and facebook:

What to do with the furniture in Waterfront Place (the building I work in):

Floods of 2011 by Jam Jam on Facebook

Floods of 2011 by Jam Jam on Facebook

A breakaway pontoon complete with scenic wooden bench floats down the Brisbane River at St Lucia on January 11. Photo: reader Peter George

A breakaway pontoon complete with scenic wooden bench floats down the Brisbane River at St Lucia on January 11. Photo: reader Peter George

The sculptures from Expo ’88 go under at Kangaroo Point, 4:30pm 12 Jan:

Added by Matthew Watt to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Added by Matthew Watt to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Flood Party:

From the album: I went to take photos of the flood and all i got was this by Nick Lawler on Facebook

From the album: I went to take photos of the flood and all i got was this by Nick Lawler on Facebook

The aptly re-named “Drift Cafe” does just that down the Brisbane River after it came loose from it’s pontoon:

Added by Slugo Clark to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Added by Slugo Clark to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Flood preparations, New Farm style. Photo: Michael McKeown

And outside the same house, they’ve got their very own flood level indicator:

Added by Sebastian Sanchez to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Added by Sebastian Sanchez to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Kind of ironic... Cnr Sherwood Rd & Fairfield Rd, Rocklea.

Kind of ironic... Cnr Sherwood Rd & Fairfield Rd, Rocklea.

If anyone sees these guys walking around, feel free to steal those bozes and bring them to me, I’d love some clothes from Scotch and Soda:

Men remove stock from a West End business on January 12. Photo: Jonathan Wood/Getty Images

Men remove stock from a West End business on January 12. Photo: Jonathan Wood/Getty Images

Suncorp Stadium is an open air lake (and caught fire earlier due to an electrical fault in the substation):

Added by Fabio Jones to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Added by Fabio Jones to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Suncorp Stadium:

From The Courier Mail 12/01/11

From The Courier Mail 12/01/11

And some kind soul has made sure the statue of Wally Lewis is prepared for the rising water:

Photo credit: unsure, possibly The Courier Mail. This shot is doing the rounds, so hard to pinpoint at the moment

Photo credit: unsure, possibly The Courier Mail. This shot is doing the rounds, so hard to pinpoint at the moment

Free entertainment at South Bank:

Floods of 2011 by Jam Jam on Facebook

Floods of 2011 by Jam Jam on Facebook

Rescue by beer fridge:

Added by Pete Creagh to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Added by Pete Creagh to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Oh thank God, life can return to normal very quickly!:

Naughty But Nice in Fortitude Valley; Added by Girlie Pains to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Naughty But Nice in Fortitude Valley; Added by Girlie Pains to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Good to see people making the best of a bad situation:

The Brisbane River breaks its banks at South Bank. Photo: Pete Luetjens

The Brisbane River breaks its banks at South Bank. Photo: Pete Luetjens

On Albert St in the CBD:

Just a small message of hope; Added by Nicole Stevens to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

Just a small message of hope; Added by Nicole Stevens to "Brisbane Area Flood Photos & Info" on Facebook

So the cleanup continues, and will for some time.

I’ll be having a friend stay with me for a while as his apartment block at West End was hit by the water. I guess this might mean a few more cooking posts from me.

And remember if you can donate some money, click through to the Flood Relief Appeal, any amount helps. If you’re able to help a friend, neighbour, or just a random stranger down the road with their cleanup, by all means do, this city can’t recover by itself, it needs the people as much as the people need it.

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One Response to “Merry Floodmas!”

  1. Kids Bedroom Decorations January 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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