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Australian floods 'disaster of biblical proportions': official
The National Post ^ | 1/4/11 | Daniel Munoz

Posted on 01/04/2011 3:48:15 PM PST by FromLori

GRACEMERE, Australia — Military aircraft ferried supplies to an Australian town slowly sinking beneath swollen rivers on Monday, as record flooding in the country’s northeast severed roads and ports, curtailing coal exports and devastating farmland.

Floods covering an area the size of France and Germany combined submerged the Capricorn Highway, the major traffic artery through Queensland state. High waters surged into homes in the sinking town of Rockhampton, sending furniture and refrigerators cascading down torrents of floodwater.

Storm warnings were issued in southern Queensland late on Monday, with heavy rain and new flash floods forecast.

Motorists were told to avoid flooded roads after a man drowned in central Queensland - bringing to two the official death toll in what state Treasurer Andrew Fraser called a “disaster of biblical proportions”.

Floodwaters have brought most coal mining operations to a halt in Queensland — the state exporting the majority of the coking coal produced in Australia. Sugar cane production was also hit as was — to a lesser extent — the grain harvest.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; floods

1 posted on 01/04/2011 3:48:18 PM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

Those summer rains never stop in Australia... after a long drought, a blessing has been turned into a curse of having too much of a good thing!

2 posted on 01/04/2011 3:56:25 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FromLori

Goodness. Prayers for our Australian friends. How can we help?

3 posted on 01/04/2011 4:05:13 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile
US offers flood aid to Australia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed condolences for the loss of life in floods in Australia and says Washington is prepared to provide assistance to its close ally. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the fast-flowing waters that have inundated 22 rural towns in the country's northeast, across an area the size of NSW. "On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States, I offer my condolences for the loss of life and damage in Queensland caused by the recent flooding," Clinton said in a statement. Advertisement: Story continues below "Our embassy in Canberra is monitoring the situation and has been in contact with Australian authorities. "Australia is an important partner and close friend of the United States and we stand ready to provide assistance," she said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these floods, especially the families of the victims, and with all the people of Australia."

4 posted on 01/04/2011 4:12:27 PM PST by americanophile
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To: goldstategop

Send it to the Northern Hemisphere ... here in Texas we are in drought conditions.

Rained today but just a drizzle ... we need a couple frog chokers so we can plant this spring.


5 posted on 01/04/2011 5:00:31 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: FromLori

Yeah it seems really bad in Queensland especially. Just in case any greenies try to tell you that it’s Globul warming they had worse higher floods in the late 70’s and around 1951. Both preceded by long droughts I believe. So it’s not all that unusual but could be a once in 25 -50 year event!


6 posted on 01/04/2011 6:50:15 PM PST by melsec
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