Sitting in our patch of unaffected Brisbane, it's difficult to comprehend the devastation only a hop, skip and a jump away. As a relative newcomer to this city, I do not yet know of anyone who has been affected in any other capacity than losing power to their homes. I do hope this doesn't change but in the meantime we need to spare more than just a thought for those who were not so fortunate.
- 75 percent of the state of Queensland declared a disaster zone. To put it into perspective, that is roughly the size of Germany, France and the UK combined.
- Approx 11,000 homes have been completely inundated with an estimated 14,500 homes partially affected by flooding in the Brisbane area alone.
- 100,000 homes remain without power in Brisbane .
- Flood damage bill expected to be in the billions.
So, how can you help?
- You can make a donation to the Premier's Disaster Relief.
- If you live locally, volunteer to help.
- Provide a temporary foster home for any wildlife that have been displaced by the floods.
- Brisstyle has set up a 'Handmade Ark' flood appeal with the proceeds of sales from participating Brisstyle etsy stores going directly to the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund. Find out how you can get involved.
The outpouring of community spirit has so far been amazing showing us that when disaster does hit, a little support and a helping hand go a long way. Hope you can all offer a little of both.