[Dec 2010 Floods]
Here is a little info on the town, compliments of Wiki :)
Emerald is a town located in the Central Highlands district of Central Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Emerald had a population of 10,999. The town is the business centre for the Central Highlands Regional Council.
The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Emerald and it lies on the Nogoa River, a tributary of the Fitzroy River. The town lies almost 300 kilometres from the coast and approximately 270 kilometres west of the city of Rockhampton on the junction of the Capricorn and Gregory highways. [Source:]
The north of Qld has been hit with the heavy rains since early Dec, but the weather system is now bringing the almost monsoon rain down south.. Last night they expected the town of Gympie to go under.. Gympie is approx. 2hr drive north of Brisbane, and being close to the coast means it gets hit pretty hard.. Also Rockhampton and Marybrough have been hit quite badly from what I have heard..
A lot of towns are having to evacuate at least some some residents(even parts of Brisbane are being evacuated this today).. When they evacuated Emerald back 3 weeks ago, they had to evacuate about 80% of the town..
I will share what photos I have of Emerald being flooded.. It is such a sad sight to see, knowing that I have relatives who are doing it tough, that is heart breaking.. The country spirit is quite amasing though, if you have ever experienced the country, or the outback of Australia, then you would know how true Dorothea Mackellar poem "My Country" is.. My favourite verse of the poem, and what I believe, tells the true story of Australian country life, is;
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!
[this was the first poem that I ever memorised.. one subject that I loved in primary school was poetry.. I loved writing it, memorising it, dissecting it, as well as reading it]
So true too it is.. If it in not a drought that they face out west, then it is flooding rains.. But that is the beautiful fury of this land down under.. The land known as Oz..
Tropical Cyclone Tasha was a short-lived, but devastating tropical cyclone that caused widespread flooding in Queensland, Australia during the 2010 Christmas holiday.
For further reading, please click this link.. Three-quarters of Queensland a disaster zone.. As of this afternoon..
For the Nasa View of the Floods, please click this link..
Or alternatively, The Australian Bureau of Meteorology..