I am not sure if you, my readers (who are in different countries), are aware of the devastation that has hit my Australian home state of Queensland. In what has only been explained as a freak of nature, my home town of Toowomba was hit by a flash flood that was described as the beginning of an inland tsunami. Toowoomba is a city nestled on the edge of the Great Dividing Range that was my home for just over 10 years of my life. There was no way for the water to go but down off the mountain, and so an 8 metre (24 foot) wall of water rushed down the mountain devastating the low lying towns below it and further on. Toowoomba is surrounded by many farming communities and as such the flood as ruined not only homes, but livelihoods. From what I have read 80% of the state of Queensland (a sizable state) has now been declared as being in a state of emergency. The capital city, Brisbane, has been put on flood watch and the inner city has been essentially closed down because of the close-by river (Brisbane River) breaking its banks.
I ask you that you keep all these people who are so closely affected by this disaster in your prayers and if you can do more, I am including a link that will lead you to a website that you can donate to the flood relief appeal.
I feel so helpless sitting here in the states watching video and seeing pictures of places that I know by heart completely washed away. To my family and friends, stay safe and know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.