As I sit and type this post I am watching my Twitter stream flowing almost as fast as the water flooding townships and rushing towards the Brisbane CBD. My television is flashing up a succession of devastating images of a State under water. The list of townships being urged to evacuate grows longer by the minute. It’s a sensory overload. A deluge of disaster.
Today, it is eerily quiet where I live. Despite a weather prediction of a sunny 30 degrees, my house in the Adelaide Hills is surrounded by fog. A light sprinkling of rain has been falling all day. I feel a world away from this ongoing crisis, but the darkness enveloping my home feels appropriate.
The vision I’m watching, the news updates which have consumed me and the tweets from those I have become to know, fill me with concern. I can not imagine what people waiting for the floods to come must be feeling. I can not imagine what people waiting for loved ones to come home must be feeling. I can not imagine what those huddled in the rain with no home must be feeling. I can not imagine what those people swept to their death while going about their day to day business must have felt in their final moments.
All I do know is my heart is with all those people waiting, all those who are scared and all those living this very real and terrifying catastrophe. All I do know is my family can give money to help those to recover, when the time comes. All I do know is I will still be thinking about them once all the tv crews have packed up and gone home and the twitter stream slows to a trickle, when the flood dries up and the sun shines again, because that is when the people living this nightmare will need our support most.
I also want to take this moment to send my love to a fellow blogger, Lori, who this week lost her husband. My thoughts are with you and your two gorgeous children.
It’s been a dark week, I only hope the storm of sadness breaks soon and a steady stream of light shines like a beacon of hope for those at this time who need it most. xx
To donate money to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal go to: http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html
And to provide financial support to Lori, who is now raising to small children alone, go to: http://www.wheresmyglow.com/
It is all so overwhelming. I am half a world away and I have watching the videos all evening with my children. Just unbelievable. And my grief for Lori has hung with me all day. x
So very overwhelming.
My heart goes out to Queensland.
I am heart sore for Lori and her children and family.
I too am waiting for the light to return.
Oh, Bianca, that’s such a beautiful post. x
Sad, but the way you have written is this is hauntingly beautiful. xx
I’m with you on this…
It’s been a full on week hasn’t it.
Both just terrible. QLD floods top of news here too.
Still in shock about the news on Lori and Tony yesterday- it’s just awful.
Beautifully written. My heart goes out to the people of Queensland and to Lori xx
Thank you for writing this! An apt reminder to not forget those who need us most when the spotlight on them turns away. xx
So beautifully stated xo
I live in Brisbane. I am waiting for “the wall of water to arrive.” My brother evacuated from his home this morning. It is scary. Truly scary. Thank you for writing such a beautiful, thoughtful post. Also for posting the links for people to donate in support of flood victims (and Lori).
Keep safe, I hope you and your family are all ok, sending love xx
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very elegant and simple new design .. and important links.
both catastrophes deserve all our attention and support. in both cases, only consistency will help everybody recover as far as possible. x
Great post – and I do love your new look. 🙂
It sure has been a very big week. A lovely emotive post. I love your new-look blog. Am contemplating a facelift myself x