The Floods13 January 2011
I’m sure (and I hope) that the whole world knows by now that Queensland is a disaster area of epic proportions. Large amounts of the State are now under water and even the capital, Brisbane, has been hit. There are some extraordinary pictures on this page. For those of you not familiar with Australian geography, this is an area roughly equivalent in size to the UK, France and Germany combined.
I’ve thought a lot about my father in the last few days because he used to tell us stories when we were children about the Lynton & Lynmouth flooding (go to the link for The Flood) in the UK. Both villages disappeared under water in August 1952 and 34 people died when they had 10″ of rain in 24 hours, 5″ in the first hour. The villages were at the junction of two rivers.
I was too small to remember it but he was in the army at the time and responsible for the feeding of all the villagers and emergency services. He told me they set up kitchens in fields that were soaking wet and muddy. And they provided everyone with three meals a day plus morning and afternoon tea.
And what meals he provided! He says he always remembers standing up to his ankles in mud, in the rain, making strawberry jam. Everyone was served freshly-made scones and jam for tea that day! He didn’t mention whether there was also cream.
Only in England!