Kittycatlion asked that this be posted
I would like to ask for lots of loving beemz to be directed to all of the people in Queensland, here in Australia, who are facing the tradgedy of the flooding that is happening at the moment. So far there are confirmed 9 deaths, 4 of those who died were children. There are still 66 people confirmed missing, and the authorities are expecting that the death toll will rise as the flood waters receed from each area. Hundreds of people have been evacuated already, but the floodwaters are still rising, the expected peak height will be around 25 metres ( about 80ft) in Brisbane and Ipswich. Brisbane is the Capital of Queensland, about a couple of million population, Ipswich is about 75 miles from Brisbane and has a population of 25,000 plus. The floodwaters have already impacted huge areas of inland and northern Queensland, and the flow of the water will keep crossing the border into New South Wales, and the main river systems all rise in Queensland, so the floods will eventually..probably in the next week or so, reach downstream into New South Wales, and that means that more and more towns will be affected.
The cost is just not of houses and buildings, but livestock, crops and people. Also a lot of kittys and dogs will be lost as well. I am really upset, even though I don’t live in areas that will be affected in New South Wales, as I have friends who live in areas that have or will be. Also, the last time that Queensland had floods like this was in 1974, after Cyclone Tracy had flattened Darwin and the effects carried over to Queensland. I was living in Brisbane at the time, working as a young RN in Royal Brisbane Hospital. I shared a house with some other friends, and when the floods arrived, we helped with the rescue effort and had lots of people who lost everything, bunking down in our house for weeks, as did anyone who had a spare floor space. I saw lots of cats, dogs, horses and other loved pets swept away by the waters, I also saw a couple of children and older people drown before anyone could reach them. I held a young mother with a 10 day old baby in her arms, above water for quite a while until someone could reach all of us with a rope to hang on to. It was truly awful, and I hoped that I would never see anything like that again……now here we are 37 years later, and I’m watching it all again on the TV and internet, and I can’t sleep, because everytime I close my eyes, I see it all over again. This time I can’t physically do anything to help, as I now live about 50 miles outside of Sydney. All I can do is pray, and hope and trust, that it’s all happening for a reason…dammned if I know what the reason is.
The other thing that I can do, and nearly ALL Aussies are doing is donating money to help. My daughter and her hubby, and their friends are all on “Twitter”, and they are “tweeting” people all around the world, and those people are “tweeting” their friends and everyone is trying to donate at least $10 to the flood relief. Bless them all.
I know that the love and strength of the Tearoom Peepz is so amazing, so could you all please send some of that strength and love to Australia….Lord knows we need it.
Thank you . Love and many Hugs to all….kcl ( Carol ) xoxox