Flooding in Australia

Pray for safety of those in the path of the flooding in Australia. The Courier Mail reports:

A body of floodwater larger than Sydney Harbour threatens Brisbane, with only the Wivenhoe Dam's 2.3km-long earthen wall standing in its path.

Police are advising people near the Brisbane River at West End to move to higher ground.

"The Brisbane River has risen and we are starting to see the water enter streets in the low lying areas of West End." a police spokesman said.

This comes after Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman warned yesterday that more water was flowing into the Wivenhoe Dam than the Brisbane River had received in the 1974 floods.

The Brisbane City Council last night issued a warning for residents in more than 30 suburbs to expect flooding.

Video from Toowoomba in Queensland.

The Anglican Church in Australia has issued this report:

Melburnians have been encouraged to offer financial support to the victims of the devastating floods which have ravaged Queensland over the past weeks and which appear set to continue to claim lives, homes, crops and businesses.

Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier urged Melbourne Anglicans to support the Australian Anglican Primate's appeal for parishes and families affected by the floods.

“Clergy are assisting efforts to care for those most affected by the crisis. This care will continue long after the crisis is over as people repair and rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Parishes which have been hit hard economically will struggle for some time to pay stipends and other operating costs at a time when demands on clergy are greatest," said Archbishop Philip Aspinall, Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia.

More info here and here.

h/t to Wounded Bird

UPDATE: more on Australian floods and the church from Episcopal News Service

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Floods often aren't exciting, unless a dam breaks. The flood in Toowoomba in NE Australia got the drama of six inches of sudden rain upstream:

There was no warning, and no time to take shelter - just a wall of water that washed suddenly through the northeastern Australian town of Toowoomba. Witnesses say that office windows exploded, cars careened into trees, bridges and sidewalks were washed away as people desperately clung to power poles to survive. The flash flood left at least 10 dead and 78 missing.

"The water was literally leaping, six or 10 feet into the air, through creeks and over bridges and into parks," 53-year-old Greg Kowald told The Associated Press. "There was nowhere to escape, even if there had been warnings. There was just a sea of water about a (half a mile) wide." The violent surge in Toowoomba brought the overall death toll from weeks of flooding in Queensland to 20. It's all part of a growing crisis that started with swollen rivers overflowing their banks and inundating towns while moving toward the ocean.
That's from a CatholicOnline news story. Google "Toowoomba" and click on News for many hair-raising stories.
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