Over the last two days, the Rockhampton region has received close to 500mm in rain. It rained non stop for the last two days. My backyard looked like a swimming pool. Thankfully my house is built up a little bit or I would have been fighting the water out of my house. Many people in the region were. The large amount of rain in a short amount of time meant that essential services were lost to some regions. Some areas lost electricity and water. The the worst happened…the internet died. If it had happened on the 21st of December I am sure it would have caused a panic of epic proportions. Instead it just caused boredom and no outlet to voice our frustrations. Nearly 24 hours without internet = Longest. Day. Ever.
There is something about rain, that just brings out the morons. It’s like the rain fertalises the one brain cell they have and they decide they need to be heroes. Much to the dismay of the Emergency Services. Every time there is a flood, the Emergency Services need to say over and over again ‘If it’s flooded, forget it’ and still people don’t listen. In the 2011 flood, there were so many rescues that just wasted precious resources that could have been used to help those who were genuinely in trouble. Not the people who decided they were above the law and that the signs were for pansies.
Picture from here
If you can’t see the road, chances are that it’s too deep to drive over. Even worse, there might not be a road there to see. Yesterday a young boy had to be rescued from raging flood waters because him and his friend were playing in the water and he fell in. Children need to be educated on this! Adults need to make them aware of the dangers, there is so much debris and there is no knowing how fast the current under the water is flowing. What could look like a calm river on top, could be a fast flowing death trap underneath. A child, even an adult is not strong enough to fight a river that is a full force.
Please for the sake of your loved ones and the loved ones of the people who risk their lives to save you, just don’t risk the flood waters. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t reach your destination on time. It may be a huge inconvience, but it’s better than your loved ones receiving the phone call that no one wants to receive.
During this time the Facebook page CQ Flood Updates has been an absolute godsend and a wealth of information in keeping locals and their families up to date on what is happening with the floods.