Today, I can only quote this one poignant line from the Dorothea Mackellar poem My Country.
Our hearts go out to the thousands of families affected by the devastating rains that have lashed South Eastern Queensland and the Northern Rivers area of northern New South Wales.
Days of heavy rains have caused unprecedented flooding across the region. If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll know that this region of Australia feels like a second home to us. We visit every winter and bask in its mild winter climate. Yet many is the time that we look in horror at the height of the region’s flood gauges. Now, in some areas, new and much higher flood levels will be recorded. Flood levels higher than a two-storey house, it’s hard to imagine because those Queenslander-style homes are high. Lives have been lost, homes and businesses ruined and hearts are broken.