My Flood Disaster Story & A Charity Drive Where You Can Score My Training

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Living in Brisbane last week was a little bit different. I’m not entirely sure what the news coverage was like overseas, however I do know many of my readers are aware that we had a little flooding problem in my city, the third largest in Australia. Needless to say it was, and still is huge news, and it caused major disruption to the lives of people in my home town.

In a moment I’ll tell you the story of the flood as it hit me and show you some photos, but first I want to get notice out about a special charity drive I’m running to help raise funds for the flood victims.

We Need Your Help

Literally thousands of people have lost their homes and furniture and need help setting their lives back up. While millions has already been raised, it’s not nearly enough, so I want to do my bit to help out by rustling up some support from my community – that’s you.

To show your support, all you have to do is purchase one of my products over the coming week, of which 100% of the profit will go towards the charity. You receive the full product, I’m donating what you pay to help flood relief.

I’ve set up three products you can buy to contribute to the charity drive at three different price ranges so everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Two of these products are not on the market at the moment, so this is a unique opportunity to score some great training that is otherwise unavailable and help other people.

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Make A Direct Donation

If you just want to make a donation of any amount directly, please do so to one of these organisations –

RSPCA – Donations to help animals affected by the floods

The Premier’s Appeal – The Main flood relief charity appeal

What Happens When A Natural Disaster Strikes?

A year or so ago I read a book called “Emergency” by Neil Strauss, the well known author of “The Game”. Neil, as a result of a series of significant social and environmental emergency events became paranoid, perhaps justifiably so, and went to work readying himself for serious calamity.

Neil does some pretty incredible self-experiments to put together his book, including several survival training programs, trips to visit many experts and perhaps not so expert people who think the world is going to end. It’s an interesting book and one that successfully manages to be both practical and sensational at the same time.

One of the things I took away from the book was some serious self reflection on my ability to deal with calamity. I asked myself, what would I do if my city was without power and food supplies because of some kind of disaster.

What if water from the tap stopped flowing? How long could I live in this situation? What would I do to preserve my food and cook it? Should I invest in back up generators and a water supply?

I wasn’t going to go quite to the extreme of preparing a way to fly to an island somewhere and survive in the jungle as Neil did, but I was certainly confronted with the issue. I realized, much like most of the population, I would be in a situation were I would have to rely on the resourcefulness of our emergency services – in other words, other people.

When Nature Goes Extreme

I’ve never in my life been in a city while a disaster, natural or manmade, has occurred. I’ve never experienced an earthquake, or a terrorist attack, or political upheaval. The worst we get is some fairly heavy storms in summer that can knock out the power for a few hours.

That was until last week.

We’ve had a lot of rain in Brisbane and our state of Queensland during the last few months. It was probably the rainiest lead-up to Christmas I can remember. November and December were very wet, and to be honest I didn’t mind it because the rain keeps temperatures low. December can be unbearably hot and humid in Brisbane, but with continuous rain it was just wet, but not hot.

Unfortunately for people up north from me in other cities of Queensland, the rain had resulted in flooding. This is not uncommon for the area, almost every summer some country town is flooded. However not since 1974 had a major flooding event hit the capital of Brisbane where I live, which was a time before I was born.

As the rain continued, the flood reports increased. First it was small towns, most of which I had never heard of, who had to evacuate a few hundred people, or were sandbagging their homes in preparation for rising waters. Then the large town of Rockhampton (approximately 75,000 people) was hit, which I became aware of because they were closing the airport just as I was flying back to Brisbane from Melbourne. The entire town became isolated from any transport because all roads in and out from the north and south were flooded.

I thought for a moment what it would feel like to not have an airport or roads to leave your city from. Rockhampton is far north from Brisbane, so again I didn’t think about it too long as something I had to worry about.

The Week Of The Flood Begins

On the night of Monday the 11th of January I was at home on the computer. Gideon Shalwick pinged me on Skype asking if I knew whether our mutual friend Katey Shaw was safe. I wasn’t aware of what had happened, so quickly pulled up the news sites.

Katey lives in the town of Toowoomba, population of approximately 130,000 and just north of Brisbane, only a couple of hours drive away. On Monday it was hit by flash flooding that was fierce. They started calling it an inland tsunami. It smashed the town, cars and houses floated away and the city center was absolutely devastated.

I noticed Katey was on skype too and immediately asked if she was okay. She lives on a hill, so was safe, while down the road the water had raged.

The news wasn’t good from Toowoomba because the water had come so quickly with little warning. This was flash flooding at it’s worst. You can see it in action in this video that became a news hit all over the world –

Unfortunately with little warning and such furious volume and speed of water, lives were lost in Toowoomba and in other surrounding areas and towns. As I write this they are still searching for bodies, with 19 dead people found so far. Some fairly horrific stories surfaced, like that of a 13 year old who told rescuers to save his ten year old brother first from a car, who was then washed away with his mother before rescuers could get to him. Both the 13 year old and the mother were later found dead.

On Monday after it was clear that the Toowoomba flash flood was going to be serious news and that people overseas might be worried about me, I sent a tweet out stating I was safe and that the floods hadn’t reached Brisbane so we were all okay here. At the time I still didn’t think Brisbane was in any risk because we have the Wivenhoe Dam, a dam built specifically to protect the city from flooding as a result of what happened in 1974.

For those asking, the floods aren’t impacting Brisbane too much, and I live on a hill so I’m okay. It’s intense in parts of QLD though.

@yarostarak 11:51 PM Jan 10th via TweetDeck

The Waters Rise

I woke up the next day, Tuesday morning, and the rain was still falling. It had been raining for at least five days straight with little intermission.

I switched on the TV and there was our premier (the political leader of Queensland), Anna Bligh, flanked by the chief of police and minister for emergency services, delivering an update on the floods. The Premier would continue updates with media conferences almost every two hours, delivering what many considered an incredible leadership job during this time of crisis. Given how many variables needed to be controlled Anna, her team, and the Brisbane and Ipswich Lord Mayors and their respective teams certainly impressed me.

Anna explained on her news conference what had happened in Toowoomba, how a storm near by had caused the flash flooding (made worse because the ground was already so wet from weeks of rain) and what emergency services were doing. She gave the total dead count (this would become by far the most reported topic on news programs in the proceding days as it continually increased as bodies were found) and talked about what the area had experienced.

The next topic was what I was really interested to hear about. What was going to happen to Brisbane and Ipswich, the other large city just inland from Brisbane.

The news wasn’t good. Too much water was flowing into the Wivenhoe catchment and plenty had to be released from the dam in order to compensate. It was getting close to 200% capacity (the extra 100% is for flood protection) and when that happened the dam would start releasing water in an uncontrolled manner, as opposed to the human engineers deciding when to release water.

The Brisbane river, which snakes up and down the entire city, was going to rise. They had done the models and predictions were for the river to meet and possibly exceed the levels of the 1974 floods. So much for the dam as protection, nature had provided enough water to mitigate our defense.

Will I Need To Evacuate?

Immediately the news began reporting the first suburbs of Brisbane, those closest to the river, where the water was already rising and would need to evacuate.

The very first call for evacuations was for West End and people in houses near the river, to leave and head for higher ground. West End is the suburb right next to me, where I spend most of my time at cafes and restaurants, many of which unfortunately would eventually succumb to flooding, and as I type this a week later, are still closed.

Shortly after I sent a tweet out that I was mistaken and the floods had found a way to impact Brisbane.

I spoke too soon, looks like the flooding is impacting my area. West End near the river are urged to go to higher ground #qldfloods

@yarostarak Tue Jan 11 2011 10:54:10 (EST) via TweetDeck

I immediately went into news-junky mode. I opened up the Twitter hash tag #qldflood, which was updating at a furious pace – too quick to read. I started monitoring the QLD Police Facebook page which was updating evacuation and other emergency notices as towns became cut-off as the water was rising. Half the local Australian channels switched into 24 hour coverage and scenes from all over my city flashed on the screen. It was surreal, sad, and exciting at the same time.

I’m not normally into news because of the negativity. When something strikes close to home and you’re actually living through it, especially in this case because the river was rising, however it wasn’t flash flooding, it was a slow rise, so news reporters had plenty of time to get out and cover the story from all kinds of angles, I really became addicted.

Next my friend Alborz Fallah called joking asking if I was under water. It’s a joke because I live on a hill, the hill that makes up my suburb of Highgate Hill, next to West End. The water, if it was to reach me would have to rise high enough to drown out most of the city, so I was confident that I would not be impacted by flood waters. The only risk to me was a power outage as they had to “switch off” West End due to the water and I didn’t know if we shared the same grid with our sister suburb.

The City Goes Under

If Tuesday was a day of anticipation and preparation, Wednesday and Thursday were the days of fear and flooding. Since we were told when to expect the peak of the flood and how high it would reach due to constantly updated flood-model predictions, it was possible to accurately know what areas would go under and when it would happen.

Despite the accuracy, things were changing every minute because so many different variables were at play. The rain had finally stopped on Tuesday, but the water was already on the ground, Brisbane and its people were waiting for it to hit and see how bad the impact was.

The city was very well organized, again thanks to the incredible job of the emergency services, with evacuation centers ready to take people who were in flood prone areas. People were urged to leave if they were close to the water, and several thousand did, while others stayed to empty and sandbag their properties.

Brisbane is a city of hills, so like me, many people were high and dry and safe from the floods. Many of the most popular parts of the city and the wealthiest suburbs are near the water, but the majority of people live in suburbs well clear of the water so were told to stay at home and not clog up the roads full of evacuating people.

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday the news was relentless. Helicopters flew over continuously, some providing emergency response such as evacuating towns, others covering the news by showing how far the waters had reached.

The Brisbane CBD was one of the first places to be evacuated because it is very close to the river. The whole city was sandbagged, the power cut and then evacuated, becoming a ghost town. The Riverside precinct, home to some very expensive restaurants, was completely flooded. The City Botanic Gardens and many of the lower streets of the city were flooded, the river walkway – a special manmade floating path connecting the city to the suburb of New Farm (another river-side suburb to go under) – started breaking apart and needed to be carefully guided by tug-boat down the river so it didn’t cause any damage.

These are just a handful of the very populous places that were evacuated, cut from power and left to the rising flood waters. There were so many news worthy incidents during the rising flood days that the media must have really stretched their resources in order to cover as much as they could. With so many places going under, so many people coming together to help each other, iconic sites being destroyed and so much technology like Twitter and Facebook shining a light on individual stories, it was a really amazing experience to be a part of, if very sad at times.

At one point it was particularly surreal as a helicopter flew over my area to show the impact on West End and Southbank, two inner city suburbs, both very popular areas because of the restaurants and bars, and perilously close to the river (and I live right in between them). I sat watching my TV, listening to the helicopter above me just outside high in the sky, as it broadcast footage from down the road where the water was climbing.

What Happens If You Run Out Of Food?

As the water rises the power has to be cut for obvious reasons. Suburb by suburb slowly went out and eventually over 170,000 homes were without power. Many people decided to wait out the water and had to sit for days eating cereal by candle light.

My personal concerns focused on two areas –

  1. Would the power be cut (no fridge, and worse – no Internet!)
  2. Would I run out of food

As the electricity was cut in West End, but I still had power, I became confident that I must be on a different grid. It looked like I would remain high and dry and plugged in throughout the entire flood.

The next issue about food was a little more concerning because the shops around me were either closed or empty because people had stripped the shelves bare in a panic-buying spree the day before the water rised. It also became apparent that driving out of the central city area where I live would have been impossible due to waters and police cutting road access.

Thankfully I had done my grocery shopping the day before so I had enough food to last until the weekend, when the flood was due to recede. It ended up being some of the healthiest eating days I’ve had in a long time because I didn’t eat out at all.

Another uncanny coincidence occurred regarding water. I made the decision to start buying in mineral water sourced directly from the outback. I decided to do this because they recently began adding fluoride to the water in Brisbane (ironically enough a decision made by Anna Bligh as a measure to help improve teeth health – one I wasn’t too pleased with because we didn’t have a choice). I don’t like the idea of a chemical byproduct being added to my drinking water, especially given some of the evidence I’ve seen that it’s pretty much a poison. Since I have the money, I decided why not use it to improve the quality of something I put into my body every day.

I ordered a month’s supply of water, however I hadn’t paid for it yet. Despite this, I went outside my apartment the day the flood started hitting us and there was three boxes of water sitting waiting for me to take inside. The water had been shipped and I had a month’s supply. Not bad timing when you’re going through a natural disaster, but I have to admit I was slightly concerned that this was a sign that I might be needing to be self-reliant for a while.

The Waters Come Down

By Friday the flood peak had been reached and it turned out to be slightly lower than expected, below the 1974 levels but still high enough to wipe out thousands of homes and businesses.

Many of my friends come into my neighborhood and the inner city suburbs on a regular basis to socialize, drink and eat, but since they live in further out suburbs, and the water had cut off many of the main roads into the city center, they had no way of accessing our usual hangouts.

I began to feel like a reporter as I visited some of the most common places my friends and I frequent to see how the water had made an impact. Every single cafe I visit to write blog articles, affectionately called my “offices”, were inaccessible due to either the power being out or the water coming in. I headed out with my new HTC Desire Z phone, used the camera to take photos and uploaded them for my friend to see via facebook.

Here’s some of the shots I took of the floods –

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Brisbane Floods

Once the waters came down the real extent of the damage became obvious. What was left was a whole lot of mud and damaged property. In response to this the volunteers rallied and as neighbors helped neighbors clean their properties and people started coming in from the outer suburbs to help those affected, it was clear that Queenslanders have a very strong desire to help each other.

The clean-up operation continues still as I type this and some areas are still without power. In fact even just down the road from me many of my favorite cafes and restaurants are still shut and may remain so for weeks or even months.

The city has been hit hard. The citycat ferry service is knocked out for several months because many of the pontoon stations were damaged beyond repair and will need replacing. The made football stadium flooded and is still being cleaned out, so no events can be held. Many people remain displaced as their homes are far from livable or may never be livable again.

What I’m talking about here is just Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. The rest of the state has been hit by floods too, with many areas like Toowoomba floored as whole business districts and suburbs have been taken out.

I’m Grateful For Your Contribution

I like to do what I can to support charities like Oxfam, World Vision, Kiva and Amnesty International. In this case with this disaster hitting so close to home I wanted to relay my experience to you, even if the subject is a little off-topic from what you usually find at this blog, and help to generate some funds to aid those who need it.

I remained completely safe during the whole ordeal, and like many of the people in my country, the urge to help hit especially hard after seeing just how much needs to be repaired. I’m immensely proud of how many of the people in Brisbane responded, from government officials, to emergency personnel and your every day stranger helping someone in their city simply because it felt like the right thing to do.

The spirit of support and goodwill has been palpable and it goes to reinforce my belief that given a basic foundation of living standards, people are primarily motivated by a desire to help others. It’s one of the greatest expressions of love you can give – and it’s a two-way street – you expand your own being through the act of giving, so you benefit just as much, if not even more.

If you have some spare money and would like to help some people and study my training programs, I invite you to scroll back up to the beginning of this article and make a donation.

Thanks for your support!

Yaro Starak
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  • The thoughts and experiences you went through and are still going through up there in Brissie are mind-blowing. Its an amazing feeling knowing you may be without the necessities you take for granted, going through this situation with others as was the case there brings us closer together is a big way.
    I also found the mix of twitter and the news to be addictive, I felt like a total news nerd for a few days. The amount of care I witnessed from others was wonderful, I often had a tear in my eye from the gentleness and kindness shown by total strangers to those who were just stunned and numb from the trauma they were (and still are) in.
    Thanks for the opportunity to buy one of your products and thanks for donating it back.
    Cheers Yaro

  • Yaro..I have heard from Gideon about all the just seems like mother nature just knows how to slow down life..hope everything will clear out soon bro..

    BTW Yaro..Can you can contact me on my contact page..Its very important..I need your help.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Love you idea of raising money for the disaster, thorough selling your products. Knowing that when one buys your product we are going to help someone is a great incentive. My goal in life is to be financially free, be happy and give back. Thanks for this.

    Do you know of anyone that has been affected by this incident?

  • Yaro, I’m a little bit familiar with how you operate but I would still like confirmation. When you say 100% of the profit will go towards the charity what exactly does that mean?

    If I buy Blog Mastermind for $497 will $497 go to the Premier’s Appeal and RSPCA? Will it be $497 minus Clickbank fees, minus web hosting fees, minus employee salaries, and any other expenses that I’ve missed?

    I ask because profit and gross revenue are two different things. Will you be open and transparent to your readers by having a wrap-up post with proof of revenue and donation?

    Will it be a 50 50 split between RSPCA and the Premier’s Appeal? This is great opportunity to give back to your local community and for free publicity.

    It’s interesting to me that the flood affected mainly the wealthy suburbs. Praying to the god of money and power doesn’t do any good in situations like this.

    It’s fantastic to see you converting your secular prosperity into eternal prosperity by assisting others. Keep it up Yaro!

    • I missed the sentence where you said “You receive the full product, I’m donating what you pay to help flood relief”.

      So that means that the entire $497 will go to the RSPCA and the Premier’s Appeal. Yes that is the way you operate Yaro.

    • It didn’t impact mainly the wealthy suburbs, by far the more urban areas were just as hard, it just happens that around me in the inner city the wealthier suburbs are with the expensive properties down by the river.

      I will be donating whatever money is sitting in my paypal account that came through from people buying via the links above. That means paypal fees will come out of your donation first, then the rest goes to the charity. It will be the Premier’s appeal as I have already personally donated to the RSPCA appeal.

      This is not going through clickbank. I will put a running total up too on this post to encourage more donations, but I won’t do that until some donations are made so that it is positive social proof. Hopefully people are willing to help out.

  • Wow, Yaro, thanks for your detailed report and pictures. I understand it so much better now.

    I witnessed a river overflowing it’s banks and doing extensive damage to my neighboring town. It was nice to see the community pull together to sandbag beforehand and clean up afterwards. However, the devastation was horrible – and not near the scale yours was.

    I remember driving as near as I could to the local park and seeing just the top of the basketball hoops sticking out of the water.

    Wishing you all the best.
    Peggy Baron

  • Hi Yaro and Entrepreneurs,
    having lived on a tiny Caribbean island, I know what gas shortages, food & water shortages, flooding, hurricanes and disaster are. even survived many earthquakes & fires in California , as well as power outages in NYC. (& I am not even middle age) –
    I am glad most people are ok & good for you to give back to charity.
    Artists like Neil Stauss are often labeled paranoid, maybe they are just more aware.

  • Excellent work Yaro, in your observations, you have uncovered what it takes for surviving an urban disaster. A supply of food, water, communication, and the willingness to help your neighbors to work together. As you pointed out, you live
    on a higher elevation (hill) that probably saved you from a potential disaster.
    You also had some food and water. With the addition of a few small solar panels,
    (say 90 watts) you would also have an internet connection with Wi-Fi if the power
    grid went down.

    BTW, I plan on becoming one of your students in the very near future, and I’m
    62-you’re never to old to learn from someone else.

    The Best To You,

  • Living in Brisbane myself and having read Emergency also, I can really relate to this post. Firstly, it is an excellent summary of the disaster here, but also because I thought many of the same things. I couldn’t help but think of Strauss’ book in the early days of the flood as I heard reports of local supermarkets being cleaned out of stock.

    I think our saving grace is that residents here seem to be so willing to band together and help one another and don’t sit around waiting for the help of the government.

    This is my first time on your website and it’s looking very interesting. Looking forward to checking back here more often.


  • I live in Southern California, it’s scary to think what could happen if we have a big earthquake, it will be the opposite problem, we won’t have any water if the aqueducts are damaged.

  • Dear yaro it is a sad story. I am from Bangladesh where we have to fight against lots of natural disasters like flood. Since we are habituated with such natural disasters, we know how to fight. Developed nations like your one could learn from us. I am feeling sorry for Aussies. By the way are you a cricket fan? Best of luck for Cricket World Cup 2011

  • Your Message
    Hey Yaro! When leaders like yourself step up to the plate to do something like this, I am again reminded that this industry is made up of great, caring people. Thanks so much for your generous offer and for making this world, (and Australia!) a special and greater place. And, many thanks to the wonderful Jodie Thompson for passing this info along to so many as well! Many blessings, Loren

  • Yaro,

    Wow, this is so generous of you. Thanks for being a great leader in the industry and sharing your knowledge with others as well as the proceeds.



  • Great article about an amazing experience. I can’t imagine what it must be like for some of the people personally affected by the floods. Mother Nature is definitely angry about something we’ve done! Glad you’re okay.
    Cheers, Don.

  • Amaizing flood pic Yaro!

    Yes, Yes, Yes, avoid the Fluoride Yaro, good decision. My research also has shown that Fluoride appears to be a poison. My son has had NO Fluoride water most of his 16 years and he has perfect teeth today !!! NO KIDDING!

    So why would a Government spend loads of OUR money putting that which appears to be a poison into OUR water supply, when maybe putting a balance of natural minerals in would be better and safer too? I could be wrong, but my research seems to say that Fluoride hardens tooth enamel and that can lead to surface stress cracking and hence bacteria can then access the underlying Dentine and start tooth decay from the inside. Your teeth could look like an old crackly vase under the microscope!!! Just a thought.

  • I live in MN, and our banks overflow and shred several towns every year. It is a disheartening deal to go through. You kindness and charity will be felt by many in these tragic times!

  • Brisbane flood was all over the news for a week or two, here in Canada, BBC too, but just as any other catastrophe, as quickly it comes and destroys life’s of many, even faster it disappears from the news around the world. For those affected takes years to get back on the feet. I’m sure that it is not easy to do so but you did great thing of keeping, already, “old” news alive and we all need to be reminded as often is possible of aftermath struggles, year after year. Good luck to all!

  • What a great gesture, Yaro. I’ll make sure I RT this to ensure you get maximum exposure for your charitable efforts. Let’s hope all gets back to normal soon.

  • Yaro, I’m glad you got through this trying time with no lasting harm. Thanks for sharing your story, and donating your profits. It’s an inspiration to others. Sometimes we get caught up in our own daily challenges as entrepreneurs and feel like the weight of the world is on us — it’s good to remember that there are far more important challenges, like eating, finding drinkable water, and surviving a natural disaster. Anita

  • its so sad to see one of the biggest cities of Australia like this, hope this settles down soon

  • Hey Yaro,
    The world has been watching and commiserating. If you look at international headlines you will see flood warnings around the globe. Here in South Africa we have also had floods, certainly not as disastrous as in your parts, but still, loss of life and property and agricultural losses in the millions. My sister’s house which is on the banks of a beautiful river was flooded 2 weeks after she had a baby. Water is unstoppable isn’t it!

    It is going to be a wet, floodfilled year it seems.

    regards and best wishes from the folk in South Africa.

    • Hi Renee, the floods in South Africa may not have been as widespread or intense, but from the News reports I heard it seems they were far worse in terms of loss of life.

      And Brazil’s were a whole order of magnitude worse.

      We were lucky here in Oz that most of the floods were water flowing down river systems and so mostly predictable. There wasn’t a lot of flash flooding, thankfully – which is far more dangerous.

  • Wow, thanks for the great report and glad you got through safe enough. I’ll be making a donation direct to the organization, hope you all get yourselves sorted out.

  • On Sunday, it was running around zero for the day and the same thing crossed my mind as I did a mental inventory of what I had in my house and would I be able to stay warm if the power went out. It is a good exercise and I am beginning to stock up on canned food supplies and water.
    Also, on Sunday, not wanting to leave the house, I finally got out to the internet to review video of the flood event happening in Brisbane and as usual, my breath was taken away by the huge covered land area and various slideshows of piles of cars taken by the water flow.
    So sorry for all of you dealing with this flood! I am going to twitter and facebook your personal account of the flood experience dealing and with the impact of your daily life.
    Hope some will be moved to donate and help get back to somewhat of a normal existence

  • Hi Yaro,
    This was a fantastic idea and very generous of you. I purchased Blog Mastermind via the link that made a donation and have already been very busy getting my first blog up and running. Your instruction and advice via the course content has been invaluable in just the first few days. But I am also thrilled to be able to help fellow aussies especially when I am seeing news that many have lost everything and the insurance companies are not forthcoming with payments under certain circumstances. This must be a devastating outcome. It was heartbreaking watching events unfold on the news so it’s great to be able to help from a distance in some small way. Thanks again.
    Best wishes, Lorna 🙂

  • Fluoride is poison indeed, If you want to undestand what makes your teeth healthy you sould read this book
    Mrs. Anna Bligh should read this too.

    You have good community there at Queensland.

  • Dee

    You see it on TV but that video of it is really something else. Just how quickly that water came… wow. Glad I’m on the other side of the world.

  • Hey yaro, that was a great article giving everyone an update on the situation here, cool pics too. Even though I live in an inner city area, I keep chickens. I was looking at them wondering if I would have to sacrifice one to the pot if food shortages got out of hand! The chickens who don’t lay eggs were looking concerned:) On the subject of food, there are a massive number of farmers who have been devastated by the flooding in the areas we get a lot of our local produce from. It might be something worth donating money to from your flood relief fund if you like. I’ll pop on & support the fundraiser directly:) cheers, neroli

  • To those that were affected this flood has been terrible. To those that lost loved ones it’s even worse.

    I personally only lost power for a day. So for the last 2 weekends I’ve been helping out families in Rocklea and Fairfield get back on their feet and help clean out / up their houses and the local Cricket club.

    I’m very thankful that I didn’t lose anything.


  • Hello Yaro, thanks for the info, thanks God that you and Gideon are ok, i was wondering and pray about you two. Blessings, Vin

  • Thanks for relating your experience and your fund raising effort. This post definitely gives the whole saga a more personal touch than the ones we read in the news. The giving spirit of Australians showed in this flood is very heart warming!

    I live in Singapore and I can say that majority of us aren’t exactly equipped to handle natural disasters of this scale. I dread to think how we’re going to manage should something like a massive flood hit us and the fact that the country is so densely populated and developed. I’m not even sure whether our buildings can withstand the tremendous force of nature.

    Thank you for writing, Yaro. I wish I can contribute financially, but my current state doesn’t allow me to do that yet. I hope you will gather a tiny sum to help those hard hit by the flood. Cheers!

  • Hi Yaro

    I live in western suburbs and my story is very similar to yours as, like yourself, I live on a hill. But just a few hundred metres further down my road, houses were completely submerged. You couldn’t even see the roofs.

    I put a video of it on my blog, if you can find the time to watch it, you’ll see a lake where houses are…..

    But like you, I thought the whole thing here in Brisbane was completely surreal. But what was really shocking was the speed with which we became isolated, had our power cut off and all of our shops completely sunk. All happened within about 12 hours.

    Fortunately the clean up was real fast too, thanks to the army of volunteers.



  • Hi Yaro,

    That was a very good discription of the floods we just had here in Brisbane.
    I was fortunate as I live in Regents Park and being about 25kls from the city did not even loose power….however my sister in law was not as lucky …she lost everything including her unit… which has to be gutted out.

    The good that came out of this devastation is the way people got out and helped their fellow Aussies…

    I knew that we are always ready to help when someone needs it … however the magnitude of help that was given was unbelievable… and most of the help was from strangers….people even travelled from interstate to help.

    Thanks for the post mate.


  • Hi Yaro,

    Fantastic really are a talented writer. We too were rivetted to the news- yes – addicted is probably more accurate – here in Sydney. We didn’t move from the TV . Though having said that, when the background TV to the footage started to repeat and repeat and repeat…we changed channels!

    One of our houses in Ipswich was only 2 kms away from the floods-phew….
    It really did have that surrealness to it even though I wasn’t actually there.
    That YouTube footage of the cars being swept down the river was astonishing!

    Thanks for your description in situ..have donated already of course!


  • Aaah what the heck- I’ve donated again!

    All the best,

  • Hey Yaro,

    Good Work! This is a great cause, I live in Toowoomba – totally amazing what happened up here (and down you’re way).



  • Ron


    Thanks for the personal touch you have added to the news. I saw the devastation on CNN, but this made it more personal.

    I really wish I could help out, but I have been out of work for almost two years due to a major layoff. Kudos to you for your donations. Someday I hope to be able to purchase your products, but it’s just impossible at this time.

    Great work – I wish you and yours well. Our hearts and prayers are there for the victims. Mother Nature has her ways of humbling us sometimes.

  • Hey Yaro,

    Thanks for reporting what’s been happening at your hometown in such details.

    I’ve been in a country where earthquake, demonstrations, uprising and revolution have brought everything into a standstill. I know how it feels.

    The lessons we take in such occasions are hugely impacting our lives and won’t leave us for the rest of our lives. We, as a result, tend to learn that we should cherish every moment of our lives and feel privileged to be living normal lives without any natural or human threats! There are a lot of other stuff one really learns about life.

    I extend my condolences for those whose loved ones are lost or deceased. Also, I extend my warm greetings to those who have helped others stand on their feet again.

    I appreciate what you’re doing Yaro and do my part in your cause.

    Rahman Mehraby
    Site Booster Blog

  • Yaro, I feel the pain of watching your hometown become inundated. In 1999, Eastern North Carolina, the area I call home, was hit by back-to-back hurricanes, Dennis and Floyd. People were literally awakened by rising flood waters and barely had enough time to rise from their beds and vacate their homes. The devastation was so significant that then President of the United States Bill Clinton visited our little town to survey the damage. People’s homes were flooded to the ceilings in many cases, and homeless were placed in temporary FEMA trailers for as long as a year afterward. The devastation that follows flooding – both to a town and to its people – is unequaled by any other force of nature.

    I pray for rapid recovery for your town and its people. Be well.


  • yaro am impressed, when i first saw the news about brisbane, my first thought was you, I have an internet friend and fellow blogger from Australia just like fellow problogger friend too,am in Nigeria and would like to help

    can I donate $5 dollars as that is what i have on my card

    Let me know


  • Joy


    This post proves to me once again why you are someone who can be trusted because you care about the people around you.

    Glad to know you are ok,

  • We live on a hill, so no chance of floods here, but I am always worried about the slope giving way. In Southern California when it rains it pours.

  • I’m sorry about the floods. I saw it on CNN and could not believe the effect of Global Warming on our world.

    How about donors that don’t have Paypal accounts?

  • Yaro, I am sorry to hear of the flooding. Thankful to know you and your family are okay. Gideon as well and his family. I would definitely be impressed with Anna as well. Our prayers are with you and everyone in Australia. We will make a donation with love. Please keep letting us know how you are.

    Yours in prayer,
    Pamela Harper

  • It was surreal to see the water taking over the Brisbane CBD. We were glued to our television set. The pictures of cars being flung around in the outer townships were incomprehensible. You think of flooding as a gentle rise of the water table, but this had a violent force behind it. Vary scary stuff! Your fund raising is inspirational! Please write at least one update later on to let us know everything is back to normal. Cheers, Max!

  • Excellent Report. I am really sorry about the floods. Anyway, you are okay?

  • thats very generous of you yaro. Im sure you made the Aussies proud by doing this. I hope the floods won’t occur anytime soon.

  • It is crazy how many natural disasters are occurring throughout the world. It seems that every three months or so there some sort of terrible event. Now Japan is the latest in this growing number of natural disasters.

    Is global warming to blame?

    – Andrew

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