Friday – The Waters Receed

Upon Friday morning survey we find that the water has massively receded over night but not yet gone. The water might be down but behind it the floods leave muck and what the radio describes as “toxic sludge”
The main highway next to us ,Coronation Drive, is no longer underwater but is a mess and we are told it will remain shut for a long time as they worry it will fall in to Brisbane river and is structurally unsound .

We get power back late at night and are amazed as we had been told it would be late the following week before it could be restored. Though I do notice that we are one of the very few houses to get it back so quickly. Electricity and hot water are welcome luxuries though food is still a problem.

Now we have tv we see how bad things got elsewhere and now the water has gone down we can venture a little further to see the damage but we are still pretty much cut off. Fellow flatmates cycle an hour detour route and manage to check on their uni labs where they work and report back just how bad things look.

This is a footbridge that was across the river several miles up stream now in a crumpled heap on the bank.

Phone signal returned as well and the city announces free public transport until next Friday to try and free up the roads for emergency services and get people who don’t need to be there out of the city as soon as possible.

Brisbane’s food situation is quite bad; the city’s major distribution centre is still under water to roof level and food trucks can’t get passed closed roads and unstable bridges. Petrol is also running short so free public transport will get first.

We go to bed having watched endless news stories and hope that we do not have worry about the floods new threat – looters.

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