“INLAND TSUNAMI” and a “WALL OF WATER”

 

Cars were tossed around and piled up

“INLAND TSUNAMI” and a “WALL OF WATER”  are two expressions used to describe the extraordinary deluge which flooded the major Queensland city of Toowoomba.

A six metre high wall of water descended on the city, in a deadly, fast-moving torrent which swept people off their feet, cars down city streets and houses off their foundations.  Cars were tossed around like Matchbox toys.

From Toowoomba, situated on a mountain plateau, the water descended on the smaller towns of Grantham, Gatton and other smaller communities.  Whole towns were evacuated from rooftops but there are 9 confirmed deaths including children. A woman and child died in Toowoomba when their car was swept away in floodwaters in the CBD.  A man and a boy also died at Murphy’s Creek in the Lockyer Valley when they were swept from a house and two women and a child died at Grantham.

66 people are still missing.  Weather is so bad that rescue crews are unable to get to the flooded areas to check for more survivors.  The death toll is expected to increase dramatically.

The Queensland Premier says the flash floods are without doubt Queensland’s “darkest hour”.  She said, “The event that started in Toowoomba can only be described as a complete freak of nature, an extraordinary deluge that almost came out of nowhere. What we have here in Queensland tonight is a very grim and desperate situation. There are many Queenslanders tonight in critical and dire circumstances.”

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says it has been a grim day for the State’s south-east. “This has been a terrible day, a terrible day. Early reports would indicate that what hit Toowoomba could best be described as an inland instant tsunami, with a massive wall of water that’s gone down through the Lockyer Valley,” he said.

The tragedy in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley is the latest in a string of floods down the coast of Queensland, affecting a very large number of towns and cities and wiping out crops in country areas.  Over one half of Queensland is now declared a disaster area and the floods are now also moving into NSW and claiming towns there. The cost of recovery is expected to be many tens of billions of dollars – plus all the loss and damage to private houses and businesses which have been inundated and many destroyed.

Brisbane, the capital city and nearby Ipswich another major city are now evacuating low lying areas.  Areas are already flooded and the peak is expected to top the highest recorded – more than a hundred years ago.  32 Brisbane suburbs and over 400 streets of Ipswich are expecting severe flooding.

CHRISTIANS:  Please pray for the people of Queensland, especially for those who have lost loved ones, and pray that no more lives will be lost.  Pray for those who have lost their homes and in many cases, everything they own.

 

Subaru Forrester tossed around in the raging waters

Inland tsunami

(PS  I live in Bundaberg which was severely flooded.  There was enormous damage and loss, but not in comparison with Toowoomba.  We live in a high and dry area and suffered no more than a little inconvenience.)

 

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I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to “INLAND TSUNAMI” and a “WALL OF WATER”

  1. pbus1 says:

    Hello Angela,

    When I heard about what happened, I was thinking of you. I will be praying for those who were affected by this catastrophic event! God is in control! God bless you, and your family!

    Paulette

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    • Thanks Paulette.
      It was hard to think that things could get worse when I wrote this, but they just keep getting worse and worse.

      75% of Queensland is now declared a disaster zone, with more than 70 cities and towns affected as well as many more smaller communities. The whole of Grantham is demolished. In Brisbane (the third largest city in Australia) 29,000 homes were inundated. 120,000 homes are without power, but this is being returned where possible. The damage to infrastructure in unbelievable. It is estimated it will take more than 2 years and many tens of billions of dollars to rebuild. Many of the inundated homes will have to be completely gutted and rebuilt inside. Some 4500 businesses were also inundated. Stock losses are enormous.

      So far the official death toll is 15 with 67 still missing.

      It is believed many more bodies will be recovered as the water recedes and the army is able to search. Survivors, hanging to tops of buildings and cars being carried by the torrent, tell of seeing bodies in the water and of hearing screams coming from houses almost submerged.

      The flooding in Toowoomba and Grantham was unique and different from the rest. It was NOT river flooding. People were walking on dry streets which were TEN MINUTES later under water. It has been termed an inland tsunami and video footage shows why. Experts are using this term but cannot explain exactly what happened.

      Bundaberg is being flooded for third time but our damage is nothing by comparison. Personally, we have not lost anything, but we are devastated by what has happened.

      Tales from survivors are heartbreaking. We have also met many heroes who risked their lives to save others. Volunteers are rising to the occasion and helping where they can.

      Thank you for your prayers. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity and I trust there will be people who will use the opportunities presented.

      Angela

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  2. snowgood says:

    The scale is amazing, I didn’t know where you were on the map until now. There a lot to be said for living on a hill. I pray that good will come from bad. No doubt you’ll be hearing some encouraging testimonies some time soon.

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    • Hi Strephen
      “Living on a hill” brought a smile even in these dire times. Bundaberg is flat as a pancake except for our lone “Hummock”. We have to be careful giving instructions to people from elsewhere because what we call a hill, they don’t even notice. However, there are higher areas and we live in one that flood waters would never reach.

      My reply to Paulette (above) gives more recent details. It really is heartbreaking, especially seeing places where I’ve often been. I’m thankful my three sons in Brisbane are in safe areas.

      Kevin Pietersen was on TV a moment ago. He is conducting an auction of his cricket memorabilia on ebay with the money going to the flood appeal. It is only day 1 but so far the bids total 8500.

      Thanks for praying. I’m sure good will come out of it for some people.
      Angela

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  3. Rob Barkman says:

    I am certainly praying and encouraging others to pray also.

    Whne anything like this happens, I do like to find some truth to learn from it all. Theologians much greater than I can debate why God allows these things to take place.

    But one thing I know, if sin would not have entered this world, we would not have these horrendous tragedies taking place. We all can use this flood as a general lesson to us about the harmful, destructiveness of sin. When we allow sin into our lives, we can expect nothing but harm and hurt to come to pass. Maybe this very lesson is one of many reasons why the Lord allows such events to take place?

    May God continue to bless you… you are in my prayers.

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    • Thanks Rob.

      The comment to pbus above will give you an update.

      One man who suffered enormous (business) loss here in Bundaberg commented that maybe God was calling Bundaberg to repent. (He has avoided spiritual talk before this).

      Angela

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  4. heather joy says:

    Praying for you and for all those who are affected by this tragedy.
    God bless and keep you.
    ~ H

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    • Thank you Heather Joy. It is still difficult to come to terms with what happened in Toowoomba. People were shopping in the CBD and within 10 minutes they were in a raging river hurtling down the main street.

      Brisbane is bracing. 9000 homes are expected to go underwater and another 30000 to have some flooding.

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