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Update to our flood and weather situation in Australia

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Last night we had 12 hrs of storms and heavy rain from midnight to lunchtime Sunday!!
My poor dogs were not impressed!!
That was on top of the rain we have already had this month!! Its forgotten how to stop!! LOL!!
My DH drove into the town North of us (5 miles) to get the Sunday paper and said the road was damp with puddles at the edges but no sign of water going over!!
On the TV news we heard that the town 12 miles South - Maryborough - is flooded - there had been heavy - rain upstream of the river and it was causing problems and the main highway going South and North through Queensland - the Bruce Highway - is flooded and another town 70miles South - Gympie - is also flooded!! The Mary River flows through them both - it doesn't flow through where we are and we are high also!!
So we are effectively cut off - but although soggy are perfectly safe from floods!! The last time these areas were flooded was 1999!!

More rain and storms are due the next couple of days!! So I can see that its a good job I went shopping on Saturday!! The shelves will be empty - prices for fresh fruit and veg are astronomical already (broccoli - $9.99lg (2.2lb), other fresh veg was similar) - since there are supply problems from the flooded roads and Queensland's fresh vege industry and much of our fruit has been wiped out in the floods further North!! And the shops gave a load of eggs to the flood victims - soi we were out of eggs too!!

So the situation continues - but I am still expecting to head to Curves tomorrow - unless there are further developments !!

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MUSIC66 1/10/2011 8:20PM

    that sounds bad there to glad you are ok as well it was so scary here in toowoomba our dams are at 99.8% with two of the three dams overflowing at this time last year the dams where at 8 per.Lives are so important .

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SKYGIRL21 1/9/2011 11:30PM

    Good to hear that you are safe as you stomp your way through all the puddles. We are getting our first taste of the extreme this winter with 2 feet of fresh snow on top of the foot we already had and the forcast is for the snow to continue at least another 24 hours. Eric and Bob have been pushing snow all day with the tractors and Bob got his truck stuck in the middle of the driveway twice. School is cancelled for tomorrow and I think it just might have to be a snow day for work too as the city of Edmonton announced that they are only doing the main highways now and will start the secondary streets sometime tomorrow and then the residental streets after that. Fortunately we have had no issues with electrical outages so we are warm and cosy although I may have to venture out for groceries tomorrow.

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VXWALL1942 1/9/2011 9:56PM

    Thanks for the update. I've been concerned about you. Glad you are sitting high and 'dry' so to speak. Please take care.

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    Hope it stops and dries up soon!! Groceries and gas always sky rocket when the weather is nasty. Take care and be careful if you have to go anywhere!
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    Just stay safe Ann. You are priceless.

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FRACTALMYTH 1/9/2011 1:47PM

    Fun, isn't it? A few hours of sunshine yesterday dried my washing, so I hung another two loads hahahahahahaha made it rain again... and I am sick of waiting for the rain to stop so I am going running IN THE RAIN... take that you nasty weather... and then I'm going to aqua too... must be my day for getting wet :P Glad no floods for you!

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DIASTER 1/9/2011 10:16AM

  So thankful that you are in an elevated area, we did see pictures of houses with water up to the roof line. Had to get the google map to see which part of Australia you live in. Stay safe and try to keep dry, we could use some of that rain here in Fl.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/9/2011 5:48AM

    Thanks for the update! We get the info here via BBC news and even American CNN weather reporter has a whole SEGMENT on the flooding and rain situation in Australia. I hear that WA is copping it in Kanarvon as well!

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    Glad that you're on high ground. Have you & hubby decided to build an ark yet? I have been keeping you & your countrymen in my prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 1/9/2011 1:22AM

    wow....glad you are okay and dry......I have been worried about you.....I keep hearing on the news how bad it is there.... emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/8/2011 11:40PM

    sounds terrible

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LINDABENEDICT 1/8/2011 11:32PM

    Oh my ...I have been following this is the news. So glad to hear you are ok !

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46SHADOW 1/8/2011 11:31PM

    Wow! Glad your o.k.

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SELDOMBITES 1/8/2011 11:24PM

    Glad you are safe. Thankfully our house hasn't flooded, though we, too, are running low on supplies.

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I cannot believe some people!!!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I cannot believe some people!!
This morning I went down to Curves - and saw the new premisis for the first time!! Very nice decor - soft squigy carpet through the entry area - going to harder carpet under the machines. Everything set up - but a few glitches sill - but they will iron out!!

I had a weigh and measure though - as I usually do once a month!!
The scales are in the entry area - nicely set up - and are the good type that are accurate usually - a sliding weight on a balance bar!!

I have been getting weighed and measured since I have been there - for 6 months and have only lost 4kg (8.8lb) in that time!! Fine I am happy about that I lose very slowly anyway and there were lots of other signs that I was on the right track!! Last Friday (New Years eve) - I had weighed on the same scales and had actually lost 1.9kg (4.2lb) since beginning December - they were still in the old building as they had been then!!
Today I weighed and they said that from last Friday to today - 6 days - I had lost nearly 5 kg (11lb)with clothes on after breakfast!! Todays weight actually was below what I had weighed on my own scales at home first thing this morning with no clothes and before breakfast- and my scales weigh slightly light!! I asked about this - we rechecked - they read the same!! So I suggested maybe there was a problem - like a squishy carpet or even they needed re setting from the move - or something!! And I was told - it wasn't necessary - they were ok - but they also admitted that EVERYONE who had weighed yesterday and today(since the move) had lost weight in varying amounts!! They were thrilled I had lost so much - and said I should be happy about it!!

I suppose people like to lose weight - and it makes Curves look good - but to my way of thinking - it really should be accurate - or as near as possible. Anyway - no way will I be weighing there until its set up correctly!!

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JAZZIELORI 1/7/2011 12:38PM

    WOW talk about keeping in business huh? Maybe you had hit a platea and now you are on the right track..I would be interested to see what happens next month

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PAULASTRAS 1/7/2011 6:32AM

    very interesting Ann, great approach....
wonder how many other people noticed it.....
the other thing is use a level on your floors and most times the floors aren't level due to freezing in the winter and the start of thawing in the spring. a hard flat surface is fine if it is level.
the best place to go to be weighed is the doctors office, or is it?
just a few thoughts.
good blog :)

hugs, paula:)

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/6/2011 7:03PM

    The important thing about weighing is that the same scale and same conditions be used, so the weight is indeed comparable. I'm sure that if the scale stays in the same place from now on, you'll be able to measure progress from this point forward.

You have a healthy attitude in setting your focus on the whole picture, not just the scale... keep that up and you can't fail!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/6/2011 6:54PM

    emoticonIt is called CALIBRATION! All scales should be calibrated on an annual basis. Best way is to go to the post office with a reasonably weighted article and get it weighed. Then go to Curves and see what it weighs there. emoticon

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    Scales do NOT weigh accurately on a carpet or uneven surface. If everyone was showing a loss, then of COURSE the common denominator is the scale. SIGH. Of COURSE they are going to want to keep using the lower numbers because they can brag about how well they are doing & how everyone has lost. The proof will be next week when you weigh there again and find that you are staying the same. Just keep using your home scale I guess... sorry that you're frustrated. I KNOW that I would be. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 1/5/2011 1:52PM

    Lol... I put my scales up on the boys' low train table and climb up there - because I KNOW I can't get an accurate reading on the carpet - or our uneven tiles in the bathroom - or the wonky wooden boards in the bedroom :P Hope they listen to reason and fix it soon!!

Interesting marketing technique for their services though...

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LYNNOTT 1/5/2011 1:50PM

    When I went to Curves they had to get a new scale every year, year and a half, because of so many people weighing, eventually the scale just wasn't accurate.

Your solution not to use those figures until it gets fixed is good.

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SAMMYSPARRA 1/5/2011 12:48PM

    I think you were right in challenging them about the accuracy of the scales, imagine how many other people who have had false readings and how it has affected them ... and you are probably right about the carpet flooring.
My scales are the same and say in the user info/directions that they must be on a hard smooth floor and not a carpet floor.
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    It would be wonderful if the new weight is right!

It would be awful if it is wrong because too many people will become discouraged when they suddenly gain back the weight they thought they lost!

Your attitude is good - wait and see.

Happy New Year!

P.S. We had an extremely accurate Health-O-Meter doctors scale - and after many years of use it just up and quit being reliable. So it can happen to the best of scales too!

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HAPPYBASKET 1/5/2011 10:22AM

    I'll make a bet that all of those "Know It All's" are between 18 & 25 yrs old. They never seem to think, or at least logically that scales on a different surface are going to give a different reading. Duh! I agree, Don't weigh in.

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    An accurate scales is important. A health "club" should be very interested in being accurate. There were some old scales at the clinic I went to and I would insist on using a newer scale so I showed a more accurate weight.

Jane on Guam

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VXWALL1942 1/5/2011 12:16AM

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know scales need to be on a hard flat surface. They need to either move the scales or have them calibrated where they are. I think there's something rotten in Denmark! lol

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GETFITTER7 1/5/2011 12:10AM

    I agree too. I am on a program at work and they weighed me on the carpet instead of solid floor. I too had lost more than I weighed that morning at home. I rather have the correct reading than the lower when it is wrong. I made a blog about it in the past. Even how you stand on the scale can make a difference too. Standing in the center vs on the edge. Sometimes I weigh myself a couple of times right after I get off because it can change. emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/4/2011 11:24PM

    The floor the scale sits on can make a diference. But you are still doing good.

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SUSIEPH1 1/4/2011 11:10PM

    I totally agree! .
I weigh in at the Gym mostly monthly.
and the previous time to this , they had the scales set up in the office on the carpet! instead of outside the office door on the wooden floor as they usually do. I weighed in and had lost nearly a kilo!. but this time I asked for them to be n=moved back onto the wooden floor and I had put on the kilo that I had lost .. but !! My bathroom scales were weighing exactly the same.
Morale of this story!.
Don't weigh in if the scales are on carpet!!

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The importance of balanced eating

Monday, January 03, 2011

I was reading a blog this morning by Susieph1 – and thought it was a timely reminder of the need to ensure ones own food Tracker is balanced

I think many people track their food – but they just enter what they have eaten that day – no thought of balance or planning – after all it takes time that people seem to resent to enter the foods!!

I wonder how many people actually plan their days meals in advance – and check that they stay within their calorie range – but also that their macro-nutrients (the carbs, protein and fats) are balanced,
Only by doing this can you be sure you are eating a balanced menu – and getting all the nutrients that you need and none in excess to the detriment of others.
I am sure, from reading other people’s pages round the SP site, the main reason people have problems with weight loss is that many people eat below their calorie range or well above, but also that they eat an unbalanced menu – heavy on carbs, or fats and light on protein maybe, or heavy in fats and protein and fats and light on carbs.

After you have finished tracking the days meals – go to the top of the page under the “add a food” button – there is a bar “I have finished tracking” – click this and it will take you to a very good breakdown of your days diet – and at the bottom – a pie graph that shows the precent of the macro nutrients in the days menu!!
The result might surprise you!!

Try to get a balance – it matters not what type of diet you are eating – there should still be a balance in some form!! I am sure it will help with your weight loss – it will certainly help you to be healthy and full of energy. The time sent is well worthwhile!!

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MESEATURTLE 1/6/2011 8:23PM

    Thanks a lot for pointing this out!! This is my first week tracking and now I will pay proper attention to the pie chart!!!! Thanx a million!!!

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    One of my favorite things about the spark food trackers is that you can click on the link to show you what your progress is for the day. It shows you all the nutritional info including a PIE CHART at the bottom that shows where you are compared to where you NEED to be with your carbs/proteins/fats. My personal trainer wants mine to read differently than what Spark People suggests and FOR NOW I am trying to stick with his recommendations... but for the most part I watch what I eat and do my best to stay in the range both with my calories as well as my percentages. You're right... a lot of folks don't seem to care but WORSE is the huge amount of folks that don't even track and then wonder why they are not losing weight. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 1/5/2011 10:18AM

    You are so right! I notice that at times I am not balancing & I try to better that on the next day. I willyearn for Kashi Crackers but I am learning to control that a little better but still haven't learned to Balance my act all of the time. Your Blog is good to remind us.

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GRAMMAP1 1/3/2011 11:45PM

    That is a good reminder Ann. Thanks. I do find it difficult to stay with 3 oz. of meat. The 5 veggies is easier, but then I don't do well with fruits. Some day we will get it together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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26M8J7 1/3/2011 8:02PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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    WTG Ann!

It does take balance to be successful in our journeys to better health.

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MRSBENNETT2 1/3/2011 6:34PM

    I'm trying to become more mindful of this. Just within the last couple weeks i'm eating more protein and less starchy carbs and no wheat whatsoever. Next will be attention to micronutrients because I agree those are very important.

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LOOSEIT57 1/3/2011 6:25PM

    I think they are very wise words. I will take onboard the do the whole day so I can balance out. I tend to add each meal and then sometimes come tea time I have run out of calories so will get back on track again.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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FRACTALMYTH 1/3/2011 5:46PM

    You get points for pushing the finished tracking button too! Because I don't eat bread and try to avoid processed foods, I am usually under the recommended carbs - but I don't mind so long as I am close to 135 (their recommended absolute minimum lol)... know any good low cal high carb snacks? The biggest eye opener for me was fats. I do much better with them now!

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MS.ELENI 1/3/2011 5:12PM

    That is the way we should do it but I am happy if i just keep an accurate number for my calories.

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IRONGRANNIE 1/3/2011 5:01PM

    This is quite correct. I discovered right at the start that my problem was an unbalanced food intake ( too high in carbs and too low in protein).

And the added energy from a properly balanced diet is a real wake up call!

Thanks for the blog, Ann.

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SUSIEPH1 1/3/2011 4:17PM

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401YVONNE 1/3/2011 3:09PM

    Thanks, Ann! You are so right. Eating a balanced diet is so important to remain healthy and to lose weight. God Bless you!


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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/3/2011 3:05PM

    Thanks, Ann. GOOD INFO!

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DWILCZKO 1/3/2011 2:49PM

  i agree

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More Flood Pictures - on the lighter side!!

Friday, December 31, 2010

I thought - as its New Years Day 2011 here - I would post a few of the "funnier" photos I have seen with comments - on the Queensland Floods!!
The Queensland Spirit will always come to the top - and we will get through this!!

I hope you take water with your rum!!

pic-nic anyone??

Those Real Estate Agents will sell ANYTHING!!

There seems to be a problem with the road here!!

There is definately a problem with the road here!!

Well - if we can't get a drink - we might as well make the best of it!!

Nothing will stop Queenslanders celebrating New Years Eve!!

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YW84FRIDAY 1/8/2011 11:40AM

  The picnic picture was really cool! I love the mirror effect of the water. Did you take it yourself?


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SAMMYSPARRA 1/3/2011 7:30PM

    This will be very hard to bounce back from ... although humour will have it's place for sure - but when those waters eventually go down the heartache, tears & pain will begin!

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DEBIGENE 1/2/2011 10:37PM

    Reminds me of the quote "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" ....... I say ... what else ya gonna do ? I think humor makes all things bearable.

HAPPY 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPYBASKET 1/1/2011 11:42PM

    I think that they have learned as I have, "What can you do" & you might just as well make light of it. I have even surprised my Dr's making a joke about something just on the way in or out of surgery. Why not? You can't do anything about it! Right.

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MS.ELENI 1/1/2011 9:41PM

    Wow.That is sure some flooding

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KRAFTIJAN 1/1/2011 5:50PM

    We aussies always seem to bounce back don't we.. Thanks for the photos..

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2011 5:26PM

    Great Photo's!

Thanks Emma


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41SUSAN14 1/1/2011 10:13AM

    Great pictures! Thank you, and hope you're dry again soon!

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JAZZIELORI 1/1/2011 7:11AM

    LOL that is funny thanks !

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    Glad you are safe. Sorry about the flooding especially right now.

Take care and keep us posted.

Jane on Guam

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401YVONNE 1/1/2011 1:14AM

    It's nice that you have a sense of humor. I guess it is the only way to get through this mess. Happy New Year!

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day!

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MATEYMATE1 12/31/2010 11:43PM

    Fantastic pics, yes queenslanders have a weird sense of humor. Being a queenslander myself.
Keep dry.
love Syl

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26M8J7 12/31/2010 10:04PM

    My home flooded in 2009 and I know how devastating it can be. Take care of yourself and I pray that you all recover soon. Thank you for sharing.

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LOOSEIT57 12/31/2010 8:48PM

    Yes nice to see some humour in this terrible time. Take care all our flooded friends.

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GOANNA2 12/31/2010 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing Ann.
People are amazing aren't they?

I hope you had a wonderful New Year's
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/31/2010 8:03PM

    WOW... good that you can find humor in the middle of tragedy. I'm so sorry that you & your countrymen are going through all this. You are in my prayers. Love ya, Dawn

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 8:00PM

    Thats a lot of water!
I so feel for them all ..
Thanks for posting Ann.
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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 7:46PM

    Good to see humor in even bad times! Thanks for sharing! Hope the flood waters recede quickly! They usually do when there is a lot of sand! Take care!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/31/2010 7:36PM

    When you can't laugh - you cry.

Thanks for the photos!

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VXWALL1942 12/31/2010 7:25PM

    A sense of humor makes anything tolerable! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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Queensland - Australia - Floods

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!

More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.

Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total – 349,000 sq miles.

Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!

Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said

"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."

As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.
Thank you

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HAPPYBASKET 1/2/2011 12:01AM

    I don't mean to be really unfeeling. It really is devistating I know & as you said, All of the poor critters. Do you have Animal Rescue teams in that area? Our zoo's & other groups would be out there in a boat after Joey, for sure. They probably are not easy for a person to save but for the groups who usually have vets with them, they would either dart him first or else drop a big net from a helicopter so the the teams in the boat could then do what is necessary. I'm sure that there are many other little critters involved also. How about snakes? Are they coming up into the houses? Now that is when I would head for the rafters.LOL

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    I am so sorry to hear Queensland has been devastated! I am glad that you are safe and OK. I hope the flooding goes down quickly.

My prayers are with you and the area.

Jane on Guam

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MUSIC66 12/31/2010 9:50PM

    the bridge at kingsthorpe flooded two streets in toowoomba flooded flagstone creek flooded a member of our choir got caught in that flood she manged to get out of her rav4 and call for help she hung on to a branch her neibhour help her out she was so lucky she was saved but herc rav4 is a right off.

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FRACTALMYTH 12/31/2010 7:42PM

    Glad to know you are ok - and THRILLED that caloric cycling is working for you!!!

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SKYGIRL21 12/31/2010 11:57AM

    Glad to hear that you haven't washed away. It is pretty scary to watch, wait, and wonder what is going to happen next. Too bad they couldn't have a massive pipeline to reroute all that water from Queensland to Victoria. Solve two problems at once. I will be watching from the other side of the globe and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers this New Year.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 4:39AM

    This is awful! What is going on with this crazy weather everywhere!? Al Gore would say Global Warming! So glad you are ok-thanks for the update. We are always concerned for our friends in other countries as well! I hate it happening to the people, but those poor defenseless animals-so sad! Hope help comes to them quicker than we have seen it here in the US sometimes! Take care....Connie emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 4:04AM

    You are so right about the insurance companies and their own rules. It also depends if the water comes under the door or in through the window. What a load of .... you know what


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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 3:47AM

    Hi Ann just been watching the ABC I didn't catch the town they were saying will be under water by or on Tue when the water will reach 9 meters = about 30 feet I hear some of the insurance companies are not letting some claim... I hope they aren't saying that this is an act of God...
Please keep us informend .......... thank you

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 2:08AM

    Hi Ann great blog!
Such wonderful information..
Poor wallaby! I hope someone rescues him
Thank you for posting such a interesting and imformative blog.
I am so glad all the teams will see this, and all the world will know how absolutely devastating this will be for our Nation ..
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MILLYMOUSE1 12/31/2010 1:37AM

    Hi Ann, I'm very happy you are safe and dry.
Thank you for this blog and photo's along with all that information for the rest of our teams around the world to see. We get to see the snow in the UK, US I wonder who gets to see this devastation that is happening in our country.
My heart goes out to all those flood victims, this is one New Year they will never forget

Stay dry and safe my friend

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DIASTER 12/31/2010 12:17AM

  Your flooding has been on the news here. You have to feel the pain of those poor people that have lost everything. Am thinking of the photographs and mementos that can never be replaced. Our prayers are with you all.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/30/2010 9:36PM

    We have had many areas of severe flooding here in the states too - my prayers are going up for all those who have lost their homes, including the animals.

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FOXXYROXXYD 12/30/2010 9:20PM

    Glad that you are OK. You are all in my thoughts.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2010 9:10PM

    WOW, thank you for sharing with us. I will pray for the people, the towns the animals. God Be WIth You All!~

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MS.ELENI 12/30/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.So glad you are safe

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GOANNA2 12/30/2010 8:44PM

    Hi Ann,
Glad to hear you are ok. It is terrible seeing all this devastion and we should be thinking of all life at this moment.

Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with and hope to call you tonight. With that, I wish you a Happy New Year.

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LJCANNON 12/30/2010 8:43PM

    I am thankful that YOU are safe. Your country will be in my Prayers as we go into this new year.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/30/2010 8:36PM

    You & your countrymen are in my prayers.... Love to you all, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/30/2010 8:31PM

    Oh, my! I didn't realize how bad it was. Thanks for sharing and I will keep all those people in my prayers. Stay safe and keep up updated.

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401YVONNE 12/30/2010 8:27PM

    I pray that you and your loved ones remain safe. Please continue to keep us informed. God Bless you!

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22TULIP 12/30/2010 8:19PM

    WOW! I didn't realize it was so bad in Australia... so much flooding and winter storms in other areas of the world as well.

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MRSBENNETT2 12/30/2010 8:12PM

    Glad to hear you're ok! Mother Nature has been harsh this year hasn't she?

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