2010 will be indeed memorable for the amount of rain we had, amongst other things. That rain has continued in parts into 2011 and some places not that far from Brisbane have felt the full effect of too much of a good thing!
For days we've been reminded how dramatically disruptive and sobering is the reality of too much rainful... here are some images that put it in perspective... certainly for me!
|kangaroo marooned on a hay bale floating down river.|
|aerial view of town of Dalby west of Brisbane|
|Food bowl for a continent|
|iconic corregated iron roof... what's under there one wonders.|
|Growing up in a river town this is reminder of a familiar scene from childhood|
|the clean up|
People in these parts are used to 'sometimes' flooding....some places however had record flooding....that and the fact we have been told to expect perhaps another 6 months of similar weather has caused great dismay to those already affected.
|a stranded snake|
Now for the geography lesson: Some of my blogger friends might wonder where these floods are happening. Bottom right hand corner is where I am in Brisbane. Its dry here at the moment and we only had minor flooding with most of the population not effected. A lot of the flooding has occurred in the inland region if you look at the map above... covering a huge area.... but
... even more mind-blowing is the fact that much of this water does not flow into the ocean in this state to get away .... it actually flows into NSW and eventually across to South Australia ... flooding along its way till it empties out into the southern ocean. And it can take months!
I know many readers are more likely to be dealing with cold and snow where they are... This is the time of year here where we are mopping our brows and cursing the humidity...and trying to get to the beach. a pool... well... anything to keep cool! Instead cooler, less humid days have been typical and lots of holiday plans in this state have been thrown into disarray. Me ...Ive been painting.... and planning to go on trips here and there to see a few friends.