In the last week, Australia's state of Queensland has experienced state-wide flooding that has been unprecedented in its history. My town of Ipswich (pop. 150,00) was the latest town to get hit before the capital of Brisbane, which peaked this morning. Across the state, 14 people have died and scores are still missing. The clean up is going to cost billions and could take up to two years or more.
This is not far from my own home, but the owners could do nothing but stand and watch as their house was inundated with smelly, toxic flood water.
For anyone who knows Ipswich, or has a map, this is the end of Chermside Road, Basin Pocket.... devastating is the only word I could think of.
I have posted a couple more photos of the flood in a workshop.
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Jakab (3867) 2011-01-13 0:20
living in a town where flood is an every year risk I have deep sympathy to you and all those who suffer from this terrible flooding. I only hope the catastrophe will not take further human life.
pajaran (55025) 2011-01-13 0:55
Velika tragedija i katastrofa, poplave su donele velike probleme i oterale ljude sa svojih ognjista.
Dobar rad i prikaz teske situacije sa velikom vodom.
Dobar prikaz sa fotografijama u radionici.
Strasno je, neka voda sto pre ode i ljudi se vrate svojim kucama.
Great tragedies and disasters, floods have brought big problems, and drove people from their homes.
Good work and show the difficult situation with great water.
A good review with pictures at the workshop.
It's scary to let the water as soon as people leave and return to their homes.
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2011-01-13 2:41
Great to see photos from you after a significant time away. You have wonderful photos of SEQ. It is a shame that the subject had to be of these floods, but indeed they are a event which must be photographed to informs others now and into the future. This is an incredible sight, and oddly one which is now seemingly familiar. My thoughts are with the people of Ipswich and the rest of the district. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is doing a very good job I believe, as is Campbell Newman in Brissie. The community will band together for sure. All the best Craig.
Pentti (1457) 2011-01-14 10:37
it is important that we have here in TE also documentary or other realistic images of the word today and not only beautiful details or postcards
this image tells many important tales
Janice (4403) 2011-01-14 14:51
I have been following (from NZ) the flood news with horror. My sympathy for all those affected. How is your property?
This is so sad to see this lovely home under water. Your photos are very interesting and thank you for sharing them with us
Juzo (4363) 2011-01-15 17:53
An important document of this event, I know a couple of us had posted shots from Brisbane, but it is good to see some from Ipswich, and hopefully we see some from other parts of the state too. It is a sad image, a disaster, I hope all is going ok for you, and I am amazed at how many people are there to help.
mafegan (8624) 2011-01-22 17:03
Your photo sums up the utter devastation which has occurred in our state. An almost surreal transformation has occurred - on the positive side it has bought out our tremendous community spirit.
Glad you were high and dry - as we were.
eldancer1 (32033) 2011-02-04 18:23
Very sad sight, I've been through flooding when I live in New Orleans and it's devastating. My sympathy goes out to the people of Australia. Tfs.
- Copyright: Craig Seymour (triptych2003) (1534)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-01-12
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D40, Nikon DX AF - S 18-200 f4-5.6
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Documentary photography, Ecological footprint [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-13 0:05