Oi Christina, ‘ave a butchers at this

Minutes before, this was an ordinary High Street

Without warning, a wall of water swept through Dent Street in Toowoomba, tumbling cars as though they were leaves, some with occupants.

Oh yes, Queenslanders are just “showing off”, as one Charioteer said recently.   They’re not real floods, just a few puddles.   Yeah, right.

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

59 thoughts on “Oi Christina, ‘ave a butchers at this”

  1. Scary stuff, the article says that the flood-waters are headed your way, here’s hoping that you can all cope, good luck.

  2. Soutie – we’re about 22 kms, as the crow flies, north of Brisbane CBD, near Lake Samsonvale; we should be quite safe, thanks.

  3. I do urge those who think that these floods are not serious to watch the report from News 10 on the link.

  4. This is really shocking, Bearsy, I don’t know Toowoomba that well, but my solicitor was in Margaret Street which is off Dent Street. Hard to believe. Dreadful news. My heartfelt sympathies to all those affected.

  5. BBC has just reported 70 missing with 10 confirmed dead, terrible picture you show there, it beggars belief in this age of mass and instant communication that those poor folk were overwhelmed like that. Remember the speed at which last years fires overtook people trying to flee to safety, never underestimate nature, stay safe Bearsy and Boa, keep in touch.

  6. It just proves it. Nature is uncontrollable, when it wants to destroy it will and we mere mortals are powerless.

    It looks dreadful and very frightening.

  7. OMG

    If you go to the newspaper article (click on picture) there’s a video clip of a news report.

    The people of Toowoomba could not have had any warning, as far as I can see no one had a clue that it would happen. Last night’s news was issuing warnings to some towns to evacuate immediately. One town has had five huge floods in the last three weeks.

    After the last massive floods in Brisbane in the 74, a dam was built to alleviate such floods again. At the moment it’s dealing with a million megalitres of water (two Sydney Harbours) a day. The fears are that if continues to rain as it is (and the forecast is that it will) the dam will not be able to cope.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/wivenhoe-dam-saving-queenslands-capital-for-now/story-e6frg6nf-1225985231803

    As Bearsy said we are some 22 km north of Brisbane – so we should be OK. Soggy, but Safe!

  8. I’ve just returned from a trip to the Doc’s – a journey of roughly 10 minutes through (Sussex-like) countryside. The local radio is completely given over to flood reports and warnings, many of our local roads are closed, and the rain is falling at a rate of 3 – 4 inches per hour.

    My return journey was about 40 minutes after my outward sortie – in that time one road had become flooded from fast run-off on one side and a dam (pond in Brit) that had burst its banks on the other. I thought that one side of the road – my side – only had an inch or so covering it, so I drove through, slowly. The bow wave was impressive! I got through safely, but I was probably a bloody idiot to have done it. The car behind me decided, sensibly, not to.

  9. I just phoned my friend near Esk, Bearsy. Her father is dying of cancer in Brisbane and she can’t visit him. Her dog is very ill and it’s not possible to visit the vet. She’s running out of food and can’t reach the shops …

  10. Yes, it is rapidly turning into a nightmare for the entire state, Bilby. That’s real tough on your mate in Esk – hope she’ll be apples.

  11. Thanks, Bearsy. I hope so too. What a dreadful situation for you all. My heart goes out to all Queenslanders.

  12. Thanks Katie – we intend to do just that! Not that I think we are in any personal danger here. 🙂

  13. As I mentioned before, I have some ex Zim friends living in Toowoomba. One of them, was out here with his family in November. I visited the place in 2003. For those who do not know, the town is up on a plateau, so long term flooding as happened elsewhere is an all but impossible event. It seems that this was localised and the result of extremely heavy rainfall in the area, as opposed to water flowing in from elsewhere. Nevertheless, that sort of flooding must be truly terrifying as it happens so quickly, with such force and with so little warning. My friend has a business in town. I trust that he is ok. I have not heard back from him. Apart from anything else, damage to personal property and to businesses is going to be hard to deal with.

  14. I thought of your friend, Sipu, the minute I heard of this. I hope he and his family are OK.

  15. Saw some of the film, now this is seriously nasty in a completely different class from all those broad shallow floods. I presume this was in an arroyo/dry river bed/gulch. Too much mud to be anything else. The only consolation is that this type of flooding is generally over comparatively quickly compared with the other.
    No great consolation when you are dead, unfortunately it is so rare that people do not know what to do, like people standing on beaches watching tsunami water recede and walking towards it.
    Terrible really that one can die from total ignorance of the nature of natural phenomena.
    Saw some film of a house floating by at a rate of knots, just lifted off its slab, that happens here too on the Skagit, just one river down. There they float off out to sea and create hazards to shipping, they blow them out of the water.
    I gather the lower parts of Brisbane are now flooding but the new dam should protect the majority of the city. Hopefully so!!
    My best wishes to you both and hopefully it will stop raining.

  16. Cataclysmic – I feel totally impotent in the face of such a disaster. My prayers that it will be short lived, and loss of life will be minimal. God be with you all.

  17. The waters will, eventually, go down. It’s the devastation to property, crops and animals that will take time to mend. We’re hoping that the weather men have it wrong – they are forecasting rain until March. There are places that have had floods through, started the clean up only to be flooded again, and again.

  18. Sorry Zen but,

    Looking at this destruction, if there is a god he is a complete arsehole.

    I am amazed that the infrastructure seems to be holding up, communications, broadcasts, t’internet and such. This is some truly scary stuff, my hopes are with you guys.

  19. Oh! No! Ferret – even here, where it has ‘only’ rained so far, the roads are being washed away, pot-holed and some roadside embankments have collapsed. Just down the road a retaining wall simply collapsed and that’s happening all over. Not one bit earth-shattering in the greater scheme of things at all! But the unprecedented rain-fall is causing minor problems even before the rivers start rising.

  20. Ferret :

    Sorry Zen but,

    Looking at this destruction, if there is a god he is a complete arsehole.

    I am amazed that the infrastructure seems to be holding up, communications, broadcasts, t’internet and such. This is some truly scary stuff, my hopes are with you guys.

    Turn of phrase, Furry, a word I use when something is beyond my ken i.e. suupernatural in size and effect, and against which I can but flutter like a moth.

  21. Ferret :

    Looking at this destruction, if there is a god he is a complete arsehole.

    You might want to reflect on that.
    If God does exist he made you!
    If he does not exist, why exert such antagonism towards a nonentity?

  22. Sipu ol’ bean,

    I believe he does not exist therefore I bear no malice toward a non-entity.

    Other profess that he does, my reposte to those folk is that IF their omnipotent creator is as they say and he allows such devastation to occur, regardless of the seven wonders and the little green apples, the man is a twonk.

  23. Ferret, old fruit. What makes you so certain that, if ‘he’ exists, he’s a bloke? 🙂

    OZ

  24. A good point OZ,

    Perhaps because the supposed authority on the matter AKA da bible says so.

    I can see where you are headed with this. So allow me to point out, I do not consider there to be a he/she/it uncle/aunty tom cobbley whateva. When addressing a believers assertion to the contrary however, I feel compelled to use their evidence as a starting point and work from there.

    Simply put if you were of a mind to accept that god exists, you have to also accept the church manual as it were.

  25. I do not appreciate God-botherers hijacking a serious post about floods.

    Get this, Sipu-san, you and your bloody imaginary fairy are a pain in the bum, particularly when you divert good bloggers like Zen, Ferret, Bravo and OZ on to your pet subject, distracting them from the theme of the thread.

    It’s impolite, so kindly don’t do it again on any post of mine or I’ll delete your comments pdq.

  26. I tend to agree Bearsy, absolutely nothing to do with God.
    What is it about humanity that they appear to be unable to cope with the natural phenomena of our world?
    Is it that they have become stupid enough to believe that they can control events as promulgated by the politicians?
    I do not find such events frightening, rather magnificent really. I also regard them as a huge IQ test. If people are so unwilling to find out about the world they live in and it’s capabilities then they must pay the price for their ignorance. You can bet your life that cavemen would not have built any community in an arroyo. It is an unbelievable arrogance of modern man that they may live their lives serenely detached from that from which they have sprung, the natural world.
    I actually have great hopes of natural disasters, if we refuse to cull ourselves then perhaps it is better that nature does it for us, all a bit Malthusian, but needs must when the devil drives.

    I have to admit actually going to attend disasters in my younger days, happened to find myself in Funchal when the arroyos were doing this there, most people went to higher ground, I went and stood on one of the bridges! Nothing like watching a wall of water 15′ high coming straight at you. Equally in Sicily when all were fleeing Etna, I drove up there to watch the lava going down to Catania. When you number’s up it’s up, not before in my book.

    If people are that frightened of such, then they should buy a contour map and geological map of an area and study them before they purchase property! Caveat emptor.

  27. Well said, Christina! Absolutely right – but developers looking for quick profits and customers acting like sheep will not listen to you. Sad, but that’s the way that the world goes round. (John Prine). 😦

  28. Bearsy :

    I do not appreciate God-botherers hijacking a serious post about floods.

    Get this, Sipu-san, you and your bloody imaginary fairy are a pain in the bum, particularly when you divert good bloggers like Zen, Ferret, Bravo and OZ on to your pet subject, distracting them from the theme of the thread.

    It’s impolite, so kindly don’t do it again on any post of mine or I’ll delete your comments pdq.

    Sorry, Bearsy, but to be fair, I did not start it. For the record, and as I have said many times before, I don’t believe in God either. It’s just the logic, or complete lack of it that gets me agitated.

  29. Rubbish!

    If you can’t see the difference between Ferret’s conversational, throw-away quip and your pseudo-philosophical brainwashed religious clap-trap, that’s your problem.

    For someone who professes not to believe in God, you spend a heck of a lot of time promoting Catholic doctrine and making futile syllogistic arguments about atheists’ “belief in a negative”.

    Leave it out.

  30. Ok, so I am sorry for diverting the discussion. The thing is that I cant help feeling that unless discussions are allowed to evolve they become pretty dull.
    Consider:

    Here is a picture of a cloud
    Wow, what a pretty cloud 🙂
    Yes it is isn’t it. 😉
    I saw a pretty cloud once, but then it went away. 😦
    Goodness that is fascinating.
    I wonder if anybody else has seen a pretty cloud.

  31. No problem with conversations evolving or even wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’.
    But to continually revert to riding the same old hobby-horse is as boring as watching paint dry.

    Now, how about some daffodils?

  32. Double bother, even by my low standards it’s a bit of a mess, and off-topic; please feel free to delete it. In fact I would be pleased if you did. 😦

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