Brisbane Flood Before and Afters

Some absolutely unbelievable photos from Brisbane by ABC News – although there are a couple of photos here, what they have done on their website where you can drag the black bar back and forth over the photos seeing before and after really drives the impact home.

So jump across to ABC News and check out the higher resolution, interactive images – some amazing work in the presentation of the flood extent.

Open Letter from Australian Wood Review



January 17, 2011

Dear Woodworkers,

With floods spreading from Queensland down through NSW and now Victoria it seems there’s no end to the current devastation. And that’s not to forget bushfire affected communities in the West. Some of you must have been affected, and if not you probably know those who have.

One of our contributing editors, Richard Vaughan, has just had about 4 metres of the Brisbane River through his workshop and I’ve been out there this weekend so I know what that means. Our other writers in Brisbane and Toowoomba are okay.

Richard’s ‘shed’ is in an industrial area that now has streets lined also metres high with ruined stock, fittings, furniture, plaster walls and you-name-it thrown out for council collection. The throwing out part is easier than the cleaning up and fixing bit though. The dollar cost is huge.

Queensland’s volunteer response has been unbelievable, I’ve heard numbers from 20,000 to 50,000. On the weekend there were literally mobs of sun-hatted people armed with brooms, shovels and back packs trouping around offering help. But I’ve been wondering if that’s mainly for the residential areas, which is absolutely wonderful of course.

Woodworkers’ sheds are not a good place for water to inundate and pool. Every machine, hand tool, power tool, clamp, nut, bolt and screw is likely to be fouled by rust and damp.

The reason for this long letter is to suggest that if you as an individual or as a member of a club have the time and means to check up on woodworking businesses local to you there may be a way you can physically help out. As a woodworker you would have a specific understanding of tools and machines.

Anyway, just a thought,

Linda Nathan
AWR Editor

PS: There’s a list of woodworking clubs on our website here if you want to network with them.

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Queensland Flood Impact

The floods (and other natural disasters) are typically heavily covered by the various media channels, some more for PR it seems, and rubberneck interest than a genuine approach to news reporting (and they come up with such lame attempts to create catch-phrases “Salvation Saturday” “Moving-on Monday”).

However, with this flood being in Brisbane (and across the Qld state), it has been very close to home for many.  Aaron from Torque Workcentres sent these photos through while they were helping with the cleanup.  And it isn’t just houses and businesses being destroyed.  Sheds have as well.

There is a lot that has been destroyed, but some things are just caked in mud – sad to see what is being lost.  Imagine the handtools, the timber, the projects, and in this case, the perfectly good Triton 2000 Workcentre that has become a victim.  However, if you imagine the extent of the problem, a Triton on its own could be cleaned, but when it is just one item as part of an entire houseload, trying to determine what can and can’t be saved costs time too valuable to waste.  Sad though.

A good Triton router table, and a destroyed router and thicknesser.

And this is just one house and shed, one family’s personal disaster, to be multiplied by the thousands and thousands across the Queensland State, and now the State of Victoria as well is being hit by floods.

To give a perspective of the scale we are talking about here: the flood in Queensland covered an area larger than the size of France and Germany combined.  Completely mindnumbing stuff, especially when you add in the human factor.

The Great Flood

The sudden rains today caught Melbourne a good one, so heavy that some streets filled with water to the extent people could (and were) actually have a swim (though why you’d want to….!)

Photo by Ellen Smith from Herald Sun website

It poured down our way as well, and I found at one point that the rubber flooring wasn’t actually sitting on the floor, but had started to float.  The amount of water getting in wasn’t particularly dramatic – the downpour exceeded the guttering’s capabilities on one corner, and it started to bubble in under the wall.  I would have ignored it, (primarily because there usually was nothing I could do about it, and also because anything in that part of the shed is either elevated on wheels, or on the rubber mat), but then a thought crossed my mind…..  That new ShopVac vacuum I got from Costco is a wet and dry.  Didn’t buy it with any intention of using its wet capability, but seeing as it could I gave it a try.

Well this sucks

It didn’t just pick up water, it sucked the floor to the point that it was damp, with no surface water apparent.

And Sucks

About 60 litres of water later (emptying the bin numerous times), and the rain subsided to a point the gutters could cope.  The shed was saved any potential problems resulting from the influx.  This shed is significantly better than the previous version for coping with downpours – only its location causes even this small amount of drama, and the ShopVac performed admirably.

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