UPDATE: Tomorrow morning first thing we're going in to clean up. Getting a bit nervous, but I promise to take my camera with me to document how it looks.
As I'm sure most of you have heard, Brisbane (and three quarters of Queensland as well) has been flooded in a catastrophic way this week.
I'm safe. My home is safe. My work? Not so much.
I work over at Rocklea, and from everything I've seen, it was one of the worst hit suburbs in Brisbane - while most suburbs drained out overnight, Rocklea was still a swamp.
We're possibly looking at the flood waters having reached our roof, if not going above it.. we honestly didn't have enough time to get everything upstairs, it was just computers and files from our four filing cabinets. If we're insanely lucky the water won't have reached the top level, but somehow I don't think that's the case.
A workmate of mine actually went walking down a major motorway this morning to try and get a look. She couldn't see anything, but had seen on the news earlier that the water was probably a metre or so high, and the mud looked like it was somewhere around the second level.. it truly is devastating.
All really important stuff was upstairs, but once again, if the water's found its way up there, it's all destroyed now.
Now, to the point of this journal. It's only my workplace that's been affected - alot of Brisbane residents, particularly those who live along the river itself lost EVERYTHING. Their photos, their treasures, their bed to sleep on and the roof over their head. I can't even begin to imagine what that would feel like.. I'm devastated enough with the fact that my workplace has been turned upside down.
If you have any
spare pocket money, even just $2, I would love it if you would consider donating it to the QLD Flood Appeal. You can either call 1800 219 028 or you can donate online by following the links at [link]
Honestly, anything you can donate would be incredibly appreciated. There are alot of Queenslanders doing it really tough at the moment, and over half of those people don't even live in Brisbane and haven't had the coverage that Brisbane has. It's going to take years for Brisbane to truly get back to normal again, and that knowledge is something that I still haven't got used to yet.
Hope you're all staying safe and happy - keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
PS. I'll start putting the remainder of the sketchbook pieces up when things settle down here. Hopefully by the end of this month, anyway.