I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Brisbane’s been the new Seattle since November. Yesterday was the first rainless day we’ve had for two months, but it was too late for that. It all came to a head by Tuesday the eleventh of January, culminating in the biggest flood in Brisbane, and indeed the entire state of Queensland since 1974.
What has happened in some parts of Queensland has been described by authorities as an ‘inland tsunami’, with destructive torrents ripping through homes and businesses at over twenty kilometres per hour. The 70 towns and cities the flood has passed through have been described as ‘ghost towns’ and ‘war zones’. The official death toll rose to 13 people this morning, while 43 remain missing.