Queensland, in northeastern Australia, has been plagued by flooding since October of 2010. Three quarters of the state has been declared a disaster area, and the current damage estimate in US dollars exceeds $10 billion. Some 22 deaths have been attributed to the flooding, caused by an extremely unusual combination of “worst case” weather events. This video, shot by a Toowoomba resident on January 10, shows just how quickly flood waters can turn violent. If you live in an area prone to flash floods, you’re taught from an early age to never drive across a flooded stream or drainage canal, and this footage shows you exactly why. As soon as the water rises enough to float your car, you’re just along for the ride. Watch the video after the jump.
At the end of the video, you get an idea of just how powerful flood waters can be. Cars and trucks are stacked up like cord wood, and it’s going to take months for insurance companies to pay out claims to all those affected. If you live near a body of water prone to flooding, take this video as a warning: if the water is rising, don’t assume your car will be OK. Move it to high ground early, while it’s still safe to do so. Never try to move it once the water is above the bottom of your door, since no car is worth dying for.
If you’d like to donate to the relief effort, details can be found at the Queensland Government Appeal website (http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html) or at the Churches of Christ Care Queensland Flood Appeal website (http://www.cofcqld.com.au/). Good luck to our Queensland readers, and here’s hoping the new year brings you better days.