Mother Nature has dealt a dreadful hand to those in the southern regions of our beautiful state these past few days.
The situation which unfolded in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley is simply unfathomable. People going about their daily lives hit with a wall of water. Lives, vehicles, homes, animals carried away in a city known for its picturesque beauty. The word surreal has been used so frequently in the past few days, but it's hard to find another that better conveys the feeling associated with seeing these visions of despair. Visions we normally only see on the nightly news telling tales of other countries, other people, not our own. This time these are our brothers and sisters, our fellow states-people.
We are situated some seven hundred kilometres to the north. Our region has seen its share of flooding in the past week, but we knew ours was coming. Flooding to the west slowly made its way through the river system, rising and spreading as it came. People banded together, neighbour helped neighbour and while possessions may have been lost, no lives were.
There was no forewarning for this "inland tsunami", no media coverage foretelling the event, just families in their homes unaware of the looming tragedy.
To those many who have expressed concern for us, knowing we are situated in Queensland, we are high and dry, physically untouched by the floods. Let your concern go south, to our friends and families waiting their turn. To Ipswich and Brisbane, who hopefully have at least had some warning and have been able to evacuate low-lying regions. Turn your thoughts to those families whose lives have been absolutely changed forever, family members lost, houses destroyed, who still have loved ones missing.
Ours thoughts are with you all.