When disasters leave us lost for words…
Queensland really dodged a bullet.
After the devastating floods of that fatal tsunami inundated the state, the waters had barely receded when it was out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Turns out Yasi’s bark was worse than its bite.
As North Queensland hovered on the brink of disaster, we thought they didn’t have a hope in hell.
It was going to be the worst cyclone in living memory, a once-in-a-lifetime disaster. Or once-in-a-century. Or worst in living memory. So we hit the panic button and it was all hands on deck. Our hopes and prayers were with them.
Then it made landfall, and all hell broke loose. It was hell on earth, a hellish wind, a mighty beast. The 250km winds, the 300km winds, ripped into Innisfail. Small communities took the full brunt of the blast, with Tully and Cardwell at the epicentre, at ground zero.
It was raining cats and dogs; the rain came in sideways. Waves surged 18 metres, or maybe more, in a massive storm surge.
As luck would have it, Yasi overpromised and underdelivered.
Still, as dawn broke and the true extent of the devastation became clear, people realised they didn’t have a pot to piss in.
Towns were decimated, with 60 per cent destroyed in some cases.
So; the effects will be felt for months but they dodged the bullet and now the show must go on. We should all count our blessings.
Crops were levelled but the important thing is loved ones and photographs.
Queensland will be rebuilt with blood, sweat and tears.
Because when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And they build them tough up there – tough as nails they are, salt of the earth.
It’ll cost an arm and a leg .
But Premier Anna Bligh’s put her best foot forward, a solid performance.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott put his foot in his mouth by asking for donations to fund a fight against enforced donations - but to err is human. Still - it was the pot calling the kettle black
But there were three babies born while Yasi raged. It’s a miracle!
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