I was unable to get near any of the areas (except locally) to take any photos due to road closures and general chaos. Just way too dangerous to be out and about. The city centre has been without power for a few days now, bridges are closed, people are unable to get to work, supermarket shelves are empty and the list goes on.
Even for those of us who were lucky enough to be on relatively dry ground, the horror of seeing our beloved city go under has been an ordeal. I don't think there is a single person in Brisbane who has not been affected in some way.
But in typical Aussie style...people have maintained a great sense of humour. Perhaps one of the most popular photos on facebook right now is of 'king wally'.. his bronze statue stands outside Suncorp Stadium near the city heart. As the stadium (where all our footy games are held) slowly turned into a great big swimming pool of mud before our very eyes....someone adorned the statue with snorkeling gear and floaties !
There is also a photo of some very unique shoes spotted in a window somewhere in Brisbane. I think they really sum up how we are all feeling.
Me? I'm ok. I have about a foot of water under my house and mould growing on EVERY surface inside (due to the excessive dampness over the last few weeks)...but I'm safe and my family is ok.
It's just heartbreaking to see our city get trashed by mother nature in such a way. They think it will take years to fully recover.
But as I speak....power is slowly being restored to some areas and mass clean ups are starting as the Brisbane River slowly goes down, leaving behind a trail of the most putrid smelling sludge you can ever imagine.......oh it's so gross !
Photos were sourced from: http://www.triplem.com.au/ and www.facebook.com/9news
Also......please take a look at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/floods/8196580/massive-clean-up-begins-in-brisbane
|Near Coronation Drive - Inner city|
|Inner city..Milton suburb|
|New Farm on the River banks - inner city|
|Bulimba - inner city riverside suburb|
|Pedestrian bridge down to the bikeway that follows the river all the way into the city. Normal water edge is on the farrrr right of this picture.|
|Hanging on for dear life...|
|Shopping is a nightmare...even in the outer suburbs. There is literally nothing left.|
|Coles supermarkets after the water subsided..|
|Bikeway/walkway down the eagle street end of town.|
|Swollen waters were so FAST carrying with them boats, pontoons, gas tanks, fridges and more.|
|Inside the stadium...they had just put down new turf/grass...which cost one million dollars !|
|Queensland's newest fashion 'must have'|
|The river edge is usually in line with the letter T in the 'triple m' logo|