by Jennifer M Ryan | quotable opinions, add yours? 🙂
Pictures create Cyclone Debbie stories
How many people have lost everything?
These pictures from the ABC national broadcaster give the big picture.
And, this video from Channel 9 shows the continuing disaster in Rockhampton, Queensland.
From Ayr in north Queensland to, at least, Lismore in New South Wales. xxxkm!
There are real emergencies, a large clean up needed in huge % of east coastal properties.
In Agnes Water and 1770 in Qld, homes and public areas went from picnic and play areas to flooded in less than 2 hours. Although many roads were flooded and some destroyed, the impact for them was generally minimal.
While the waters are slowly retreated across flooded area, this post from Rockhampton Bulletin shows what the locals know, the emergencies are not over.
.Business’, caravan parks and homes were washed over by waves of water. People went from preparation to inudation in a matter of hours. Quotes on TV and radio indicated many ‘didn’t think it could be that bad’ … so they just didn’t follow emergency workers instructions. Maybe next time they will. SES rescue crews secured many properties and rescued many scared people. Scared not only of the water, but of the consequences of having no insurance. How will renew and rebuild their lives?
Its not unexpected that Brisbane’s newspaper, Courier Mail, records the events. However, when a radio station thousands of Kms away tells the story in pictures you know its a huge story. And when it pops up on Huffington Post you know for sure it is.
More damage came to SE Qld. The City of Logan was ripped apart by moving water. In Beenleigh it was race to secure and remove. Even the train station went under.
There’s not enough adverbs to tell the story: horrendous, fearful, frightening, terrible, alarming speed, formidable force, slow messy recovery, millions in crop losses, and menacing swirls.
But a stream of images can say it all.
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