Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Rockhampton certainly has changed in the last few days! We went from being able to drive around on Friday, to having a lot of roads closed on Saturday, to being able to only take a few photos here and there on Sunday, to boating down the main highway on Monday! Oh my!The damage in unbelievable, you really can't imagine the scale unless you see it for yourself. This is what our entrance into Rocky from the south usually looks like -This was it yesterday -Our local hockey grounds are almost totally underwater (just a five minute walk from my place)!The showgrounds are filling up with cattle and horses that have been saved. One cow was lucky enough to be washed up onto someones front lawn instead of being washed down the river into the ocean to inevitably drown.Snake handlers are being called every five minutes by Police and SES workers to come and remove a snake or two from homes, not to mention the countless snakes that are just being killed, including harmless pythons.RSPCA ambulance volunteers are run off their feet trying to find places for the countless animals they're rescuing.We are almost at the same level as the 1991 floods, which took the life of a friends son.The piles of sandbags have reached into the 1000's of tons!When the waters die down, and the cleanup starts, the amount of things having to be thrown out will reach into the millions.Yet through it all, we still manage to laugh, and band together, knowing that it could be worse.All we can do is look at the overcast, stormy sky and pray it won't rain.