14 January 2011
Friday

We live on the very outskirts of the flood zone. Our home was never in imminent danger. Our power was never off for more than a handful of hours at a time. The supermarket in my immediate neighbourhood is attempting to serve the sudden influx of people from neighbouring boroughs who have no access to local stores at all.

 It was explained to us the following day by a Woolies manager, “We normally have several deliveries per day for each department – now we can only get one or two trucks on the road so we need them to bring the absolute basics – milk, bread, baby formula and sanitary supplies. Everything else has to wait until the roads are clear and safe again.”

These photos were taken on the evening of the 13th, just one day after the Bremer River overflowed into downtown Ipswich…

(Click images to enlarge)

  Carrots,
  broccoli,
  string beans,
  cucumbers, etc.

  Potatoes,
  onions,
  pumpkin…

  Bananas,
  apples,
  oranges,
  lettuce…

  All the
  popular
  sugared cereals
  are gone…

  Bread…
 

Spouse has been the one to forage daily for supplies – I’ll go back with my camera on Monday.  But really, this is why emergency services are forever preaching that we always maintain a stocked larder with at least two weeks of tinned food, dry staples and paper products because when emergencies happen – uit can be the difference between taking care of one’s family or not.

Good lessons here.

PS sorry about the photo layout – on the worksheet they are perfectly lined up on the left with captions on the right – this program is really irritating – rofl.

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