Hi All, I work for Meals on Wheels along the river and all the suburbs we deliver in will be impacted. We may not be able to return to some areas until Monday, some clients are so unaware or subborn, we called police to move them.
On delivery today, there was heaps of business' and homes in East Brisbane, Cooorparoo, Bulimba and Oxford Street being emptied and sandbagged. It is going to be an incredible event. I stopped at Norman Creek and the current is incredible and the river has already broken its banks at New Farm Bowls Club across the river. I did notice MANY scooters out and about checking out the situations, and I might try to get out early tomorrow (maybe on the Bali!) to get some shots. On the way from work many main roads are beginning to go under.
I have found out rellies at Ipswich are in an evac centre, they fled their house yesterday as water was coming in, their house is now completly submerged. Other rellies at Grantham did send a text yesterday to say they were alive and sheltering at the school awaiting evacuation. We have not had any word of other family living in the Lockyer Valley (where the 'wall of water' went thru).
Most of the community around is pulling together, helping out and lending a hand. The cleanup will be enormous. These events are inevitable and Brisbanites realise and cope. We just get on with it. It is of great reassurance to us that the world is thinking of us.
This pic is looking across to New Farm/Merthyr Bowls. The peak will flow thru the club house, above the grassed area. Power is beginning to be cut around the city and low lying areas.