January 13, 2011
so yes, i live in Queensland "the sunshine state" ...
luckily enough myself and my family have avoided the terrible "2011 floods" which have devastated around 75% of our state (which now resides underwater; entire homes and businesses alike). it's just sad, really. for the last four or five days, we have been glued to our TV screen about 12 hours every day with continuous flood coverage on three channels. that's a lot of news. i have to say that between the three channels, national nine news has probably had the best coverage; starting for the most part at 5am each morning. it's quite surreal sitting here in our dry home, watching families only suburbs away who have lost everything. their possessions. their homes. their family.
we try and be hopeful, but this is made difficult by the concerning number of people still missing, which has been fluctuating between 50 and 70 all week.
although the news is grim each time it starts, it always ends on a somewhat positive note. i enjoy this. the news anchors remind us that, in the end, we are australian. and being australian, especially in queensland, means sticking together until the end. working together. mateship. we're strong, and we are resilliant.
our prayers and thoughts are with you, queensland.
Posted by Rhiannon Kimberley at 7:55 AM