This morning there was good and bad news. The good news is that the river didn't rise as high as was predicted, so hundreds of houses and businesses were not damaged. However, the 4.5 metre flood was enough to completely shut own the city. Thousands of homes and businesses were inundated. The power is off in over 100,000 homes and businesses. Hundreds of roads are blocked, there is no public transport. The city is closed. The river reached its peak at 4:00am this morning, now in the evening the water is going down but high tides will slow the process. Many people are trying to get home to clean up. Thousands are in evacuation centres and thousands are with friends and relatives.
There are many,many stories of tragedy and heroism coming to light. The tragic tales are too sad to repeat but there is one of a tug boat hero I would like to tell. He was listening to the radio and heard that a 300 m section of the River Walk had been dislodged and was zooming down the river heading for the twin Gateway Bridges. There was a real danger that the bridge could have a pylon knocked out by this piece of concrete walkway weighing tons.
He took it upon himself to jump into his tug and drive upstream to meet the floating walkway on its way to the bridge. With remarkable skills and no ropes he managed to keep this monster under control and he kept it away from marinas and other boats and finally guided it masterfully between the pylons of the bridge, which had been closed due to the immanent danger.
Bill and I have enjoyed walking along this floating walkway a few times. It was quite a long walk.
|The Brisbane River floating walkway.|
|Bill and I enjoyed walking on it.|
Early this morning before light it was washed down stream by floodwaters. This is what one man did to save our biggest bridge.