This blog is about what it’s really like to live in Australia. But what it’s really like to live in Australia isn’t like what it’s really like to live in Australia right now. What it’s like to live in Australia right now is completely different to what it’s normally like to live in Australia.
This isn’t working, is it? Can I start again?
It’s almost 2 weeks now since Brisbane was hit by the floods. The Lord Mayor wants Brisbane back to work as normal, and by and large, it is.
- Our normal rubbish collection services have been resumed today, and by that I mean rubbish is now being collected separately from recyclable items. Whereas last week, everything was classed as rubbish.
- Within the last few days the council have even turned up to mow the public lawned areas around here, including the grass verge at the front of my house.
- Our local school opened up today as well, Elizabeth went back as a grade 2 student. Or, as they call themselves, grade two-ers.
- Roads, damaged by the flooding, are already being resurfaced.
It’s a start, yes, but by and large, our local community is in a mess. Queensland is in a mess. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be trying to explain…..
- How the floods started.
- The impact of the floods.
- Why we were flooded.
But I am going to be explaining those three points from the perspective of my little community, here in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. But I think if you were to multiply our little community’s problems by, I don’t know, say 1000 or so, then you’ll probably understand the plight of this entire state and some of our neighbouring states.
Today, how the floods started.
If you have read my post “how are you Bob?” Then you will have read the bit where I say “I went to bed with just the eerie sound of some kind of distant alarm siren wailing”.
In a later post, I think the one with a 7 minute video about the Brisbane floods in the westerns suburbs, I explained that that alarm was a single police car parked outside some houses to warn them they needed to evacuate before they became completely flooded. I believe, although not sure, that police car would have probably been parked in this street. It’s one of our main streets and its where all our shops are.
It’s right next to the river and yesterday I went to take a photograph of that river….
As you can see, the river is quite high but a good distance away from the top of the riverbank. My friend Pete went down this same road the day after the floods, that would be on Thursday 13th January. As you can see, the river is a lot higher…..
In fact, over the other side of the river you can’t even see the riverbank anymore. But 24 hours before this photograph was taken, the river would have been about 2 metres, or maybe more, higher than that.
And the piece of mud in the foreground of the picture? That would have been completely submerged. But today it is dry, and instead of being covered in water, it is piled up with what used to be the coveted possessions of the people who live in this street.
This house opposite would have gone completely under…
Not well, as you can imagine. And I’ll explain that in full in my next post about “the impact of the floods“.