Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We are okay…

Just in case anyone is wondering how my family is doing in all the flooding that is happening in Queensland.

I am watching the footage on TV right now and thinking that the pictures I am going to share are nothing, I mean they can not even come close to the tragedy that is still unfolding.

We live upstream of Caboolture, a city north of Brisbane that is experiencing flooding and evacuations. My brother has evacuated his house which is very close to the Caboolture River, so I am concerned for him and hoping he is okay.

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This is looking down at our dam. The overflow is going off to the right, it is roaring like a river and about 3 feet deep.

We have had 200ml today, not to mention that yesterday we got about 200ml as well. These photos were taken during a lull in the rain. It has been really full on all day, we got woken at 5am with a massive storm and they just keep coming all morning. We have been flooded in for most of the day.

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TP is running through a puddle that half an hour before covered the whole driveway and was about 8” deep.

This next photo was taken by a relative of mine and it really made it hit home to me how bad it was in our own area.

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This is in the Morayfield shopping area and this building is home to my local patchwork shop, Sew This and That. I hope they got all the machines and fabric out….

I can only imagine the devastation elsewhere in the state, having 2 young sons of my own I find it really sad and heartbreaking hearing about the children that have lost their lives. I hope people take care and heed the warnings as Brisbane gets inundated over the next couple of days. 

If you want to help with the Flood relief efforts fellow bloggers have come up with a couple of ways….

S6301185 The Gum Tree Designers are asking for your help.

There will be many hundreds of crafters who have lost what is their joy, their hobby.

In our own small way we want to help, and we need you to come along side with us.

We want to collect, and then distribute, a 'New Beginnings' sewing kit for those who need to start over with their craft. We will be posting the kits in bulk to the various quilting groups in each town.

and

QLDFloodAppeal Toni from Make it Perfect is organising bloggers to have auctions and proceeds will be donated to the flood appeal.

Both of these ideas are great and I will definitely try to make a couple of sewing kits.

Lots of hugs for everyone,

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And stay safe!

14 comments:

Elyte said...

Very glad to hear you are ok. Stay safe and keep us posted. Take care. I will be happy to help in any way that I can through donations and the blog activities.

Joy said...

So glad to hear you're okay Jess. Stay safe ... and I hope your Brother is okay too!!
It's just so sad to see 'Sew This and That' and all the other shops under so much water :o(.
Hugs - stay safe!!
Joy xx

Wendy B said...

such good news to hear you're safe. Believe it or not, I used to live around the corner from Morayfield shopping centre, down the road from the primary school about 12 years ago....can't imagine what the house will look like now!!!!! It's so surreal!
hugs and blessings to you dear friend
XX Wendy :O)

Kati said...

I'm glad you're okay. I have been thinking a lot about all the Australian quilting bloggers I know down there, hoping everyone is okay. I just hope it gets better soon.

bettsylyn said...

I saw that photo on the Courier Mail site and thought about the shop around the corner. I guess we will find out what damage has been caused as time goes on. Stay safe and take care.

Oops-Lah said...

Good to hear from you! I was wondering how you were getting on. I can't believe what is going on in your state at the moment, just devastating. Thanks for the link for the flood appeal auction. Please stay safe. Vreni x

barcord said...

Oh Jess, I am glad you are ok. Will be keeping you in thought and prayer. Hope your brother and family keep safe. Barbara.

Robyn said...

Glad you're still safe and hoping you stay that way. Thanks for the flood appeal links.

Kate said...

Thanks for letting us know you're safe. Thinking of you and your community at this time - such devastating losses for so many.

Alison Gibbs said...

Jess thank goodness you and your family are ok. Such a tragic event. Hope you brother is ok too.
The flood appeals are a great idea
Alison

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I am so pleased to read you are safe....Both appeals are fanastic...I hope to do my bit for both...

Amelia said...

Glad to hear that you and your family are okay Jessica. I too will help the appeals however I can. Keep your chin up!

Quiltjane said...

I am glad to hear you are OK. We are in Brisbane but on high ground.

clare's craftroom said...

So glad you are ok Jess ! Stay safe and well .