As some of you may be aware, my home state of Queensland and city of Brisbane is currently facing dire floods. While my husband and I and our parents are safe and our houses secure on high ground, my sister inlaw has lost her home, as have many of our friends, many of whom are currently sheltering with us. We are still awaiting to hear of my husband's terminally ill aunt and her husband who lived in the Lockyer Valley, West of Brisbane.. We hear their home town was evacuated after the devastating wall of water came down the valley, but we still don't know where they are. We are hearing horror stories of those who were in the valley when the devastating floods came through and as you can imagine, the level of grief and sadness and fear is strong in all of us. Some small towns have disappeared entirely with whole houses with their occupants lifted off and carried away and wild weather has prevented help from getting to them from the air and many of the roads are cut off. My sister in law her her husband are trying to hear news of his family to the North of us who may have been evacuated. Our friends have family missing and unheard of and their own houses are already under water. Houses 10 blocks away are currently going under water. The sound of alarms and helicopters ring through the air. We survived the storms of The Gap, which destroyed our house, a few years ago and this time the devastation is greater and over a wider range of area (75% of the State itself) but what makes this different in a lot of ways is the silence punctured by the sound of alarms. The City of Brisbane will be flooded by tomorrow. As bad as this is now, the worst is yet to come with the high tide about to hit the Brisbane River (River that weaves through the city) with a king tide peak by tomorrow afternoon. Worst still is the rescue and recovery mission going on in the valley as the army attempts to rescue anyone left there and look for bodies. We expect more bodies to be discovered after were washed from their homes and cars and elsewhere, when that wall of water came down the valley after devastating Toowoomba in a flash flood from hell. The surreal thing is that today is a fairly sunny day, with the rain having finally eased, but the sheer volume in the last couple of weeks and especially in the last few days, has resulted in the dam protecting the city to be filled to capacity and the overflow having to be released, flooding an already flooded river system. This is a river flood and you can virtually see the river rising by the minute. We are lucky. We are safe and dry. Thousands around me are not. I think once the flood waters recede, we will collectively all be in clean up mode. We are expecting more rain in the coming weeks and frankly, I can't think about that right now. My beautiful city is going under water and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Many of our city's iconic landmarks have sunk or drifted away down the river. Others will be destroyed as they pose a danger if they float away. We expect the power to where we are to be cut probably by this afternoon as the waters rise. We have stocked up on the essentials to see us and our family and friends sheltering with us for probably about a week. I ask that you keep the people in Queensland in your thoughts over the coming days. We need all the help we can get now.