There has been a huge and tragic escalation of the flood situation in Queensland Australia!!
Yesterday an inland City on top of the range a city of a few less than 228,000 people had very heavy rain 150mm(6) in 30 min. This fell on already soaked ground and had to go somewhere!! It did right through Toowoomba which got hit by a wall of water 8m high with no warning!! Needless to say the photos of it are horrific!!
To date 8 people have died and 15 are missing with grave fears held for them!!
That water then went down the range, devastating everything in its path whole houses were washed away!!
You can see the force with which it went through the CBD
It destroyed everything in its path people raced to save themselves cars were washed away and it left total devastation more like a bomb site!!
The water is now heading to Brisbane (capital city of Queensland and 3rd largest city in Australia) and they are expecting a huge peek on Thursday.
At this moment 7000cu met water is flowing down the Brisbane River every hour!!
It is expected to affect 60.000 people and flood 9.000 houses and that is just in Brisbane!!
It is also the school holidays here, thousands were travelling on holiday and heading home and they are stranded on the roads as the floods rise!!
This flood has so far lasted 17 days, starting in Central Queensland and working down in that time to South East Queensland and had affected 200.000 people before Toowoomba, and the Brisbane and Lockyea Valleys were affected!!
The area flooded is bigger than the state of Texas, or bigger than the total area of France and Germany combined!! The bill is beyond thinking about if indeed the state can recover!!
The states Mining, agriculture and other industries have been destroyed.
And its still raining!!
The photos are from the local Queensland Newspaper!!
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 !!
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!!
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 peoples 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!!
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!!
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!!