Super flood continues as Brisbane evacuates and Toowoomba grieves

12/01/2011

Queensland Floods News Story
Many people waited on the roof of their houses.
From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

After weeks of rain it took just over an hour for Toowoomba to look like it had been hit by an inland tsunami.

At 700 metres above sea level residents of Toowoomba thought they were safe from floods that have destroyed houses, businesses, property, shut down power and closed mines along the Queensland coast and inland.

Queensland's floods have already affected more than 200,000 but this number is expected to continue rising sharply.

At present clothing, blankets, food and other goods cannot be distributed as roads, rail and bridges are closed and flood stricken towns are not easily accessible.

"The best way to help is to donate cash," said Brian Moore, chief of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Queensland, explaining that financial donations were the easiest way to make sure assistance can be provided quickly to those who need it.

"By buying goods locally we are also able to help support and stimulate the local business economy as they too are struggling and need help as well," Brian said.

Donations can be made to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal online or by calling 1800 219 028. Cash donations can also be made to this appeal in person at the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ, Bank of Queensland, Suncorp, St George Bank and Bank of South Australia, and at Coles supermarkets.

Donations to St Vincent de Paul's Appeal can be made by logging on to Vinnies.org.au or by calling 13 18 12; or to PO Box 3351 South Brisbane, QLD 4101.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

Related:

Holy Father donates $US 50,000 to assist Queensland flood relief

Vinnies QLD Flood Appeal

World offers prayers for Queensland flood victims 


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