HOW are you? I hope you’re safe. I hope you’re high and dry. I hope you have power and a phone line and if not a stock of baked beans, ric...

HOW are you? I hope you’re safe. I hope you’re high and dry. I hope you have power and a phone line and if not a stock of baked beans, rice and water and a camp stove to cook them on.

It’s been pretty wild and woolly up north, hasn’t it? And to the west, for different reasons? Have you been thinking about our bloggy friends and their neighbours down in Kinglake, Victoria, and wondering, nay, marvelling at how they picked up the remnants of their lives and soldiered on as the folk of southeast Queensland and northeast NSW will have to do?

My sister has moved to higher ground. She lives at the bottom of a hill in a suburb close to the river. Even when I was there at Christmas the street's drains overflowed with each high tide.

She's fine. Phone contact is limited because there's no power but she'll be fine.

The photos, found on Brisbane's Courier Mail, show what her suburb looked like in the 1974 floods.

It's not over yet. I have a friend working in Brisbane's disaster relief centre, another filing news copy from a pub, another holed up her workplace for the next few days. All in all, everyone I've heard from is OK. That's good, isn't it? The waters will receed, neighbours will help each other drag out their household contents to dry out - again - and they'll dry, homes will be patched, roads rebuilt and lives go on. I am in awe of that kind of resillience, that collective show of strength and spirit.


If you're in Sydney, you can keep track of local Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal fundraisers here.

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  1. thinking of your sister, I truly hope her home does not go under.

    this is heartbreaking... and even with donating you still feel completely helpless, and like you need to do more.


  2. My 3 lots of family in Brisbane are all fine too so far.

    Am worried for some friends whose house is 2 streets back from the river in Highgate Hill though.

    Fingers and toes all crossed here.

  3. It's scary, i hope your sister is OK. My husband lives in Brisbane but is stuck in Coffs Harbour. It's all crazy. Love Posie

  4. It really is incredible. We have been tuning in to the television and are amazed to see the flood waters keep rising and rising. Glad to hear your sisters and friends are holding tight. My good friend who lives in NSW gets cut of from town and work every year or so but this is on such an enormous scale. I can't believe that lad has a bike under that swell. Amazing pic.

  5. The flooding has been absolute madness ... I still can't quite believe it, even though I live in Brisbane and have been glued to the TV watching the incredible coverage.

    Our house only received a very minor amount of damage ... so we're very lucky. We really feel for anyone that lost so much more ... a very sad time for many, and a lot of work to be done in the days, weeks, months and perhaps years ahead.

  6. Hi Katie - glad to hear everyone you know is safe.
    I have started a little rally to get together as many handmade toys as we can make for the poor children who lost all their things in the floods.
    Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested.
    Thank you!

  7. hi, I've been keeping a list of ways to help out with the flood relief effort
    thanks, emma