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Watch: Australian 'Inland Tsunami' Carries Away Parking Lot of Cars


The Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions in Queensland, Australia have been hit by an unprecedented flooding disaster, triggered by rainstorms that unleashed what many have referred to as an 'inland tsunami' which washed away everything in its path. At least 10 are dead and 78 missing.

"The water was literally leaping, six or 10 feet into the air, through creeks and over bridges and into parks," Kowald, a 53-year-old musician, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "There was nowhere to escape, even if there had been warnings. There was just a sea of water about a kilometer (half a mile) wide."

Portions of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, are being evacuated. Because shelters are sometimes not welcoming to LGBT people and couples, Australia's QNews has organized a billeting program.

Here's a clip that's been going around of an entire parking lot of cars being swept away down a swollen creek.


Flood relief here.

Here's a news clip:

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  1. Do you know how PISSED his co-workers are going to be, seeing that he filmed this instead of running inside and telling them to move their cars?

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 11, 2011 9:30:18 AM

  2. I don't think his co-workers would be pissed at him, there was no place to move their cars. If they did had move their cars they would have of been wash away with their cars, I would rather lose my car then my life.

    Posted by: Jusic | Jan 11, 2011 9:46:17 AM

  3. I know I would be!

    Posted by: SPIguy | Jan 11, 2011 9:48:48 AM

  4. The waters are high at the moment, but the king tide coming tomorrow means that the next 48 hours are make or break for Brisvegas.

    Posted by: Cristian | Jan 11, 2011 10:03:02 AM

  5. I don't understand how the guy in the blue shirt is just standing there while the water has enough force to carry away cars. Why isn't he carried away, too? Any thoughts?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 11, 2011 11:08:06 AM

  6. This must be god's revenge on teh gays.

    Posted by: robert | Jan 11, 2011 12:07:46 PM

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    Posted by: Dave | Jan 11, 2011 12:54:27 PM

  8. Thought about the man in the blue shirt. A vehicle is a fixed object unable to adjust itself in the current. A human can shift his/her feet or position and find a somewhat stable spot, like standing in the sand at the beach when a wave comes in. The physics of a flexible object (a human) versus an inflexible object (a vehicle) are different. I have been able to stand in a rushing creek up to my knees without being swept away precisely because I can feel the current and the ground beneath me. A vehicle can't do that.

    I think I spotted an emblem on his arm, so perhaps he was a police, fire, or rescue officer. The man in the yellow coat probably was, too. While I think it was foolish to venture into the current (getting hit by debris being a risk), they may have been watching for people caught in the water and needing to be rescued.

    Posted by: james | Jan 11, 2011 1:08:25 PM

  9. Blue shirt is a cop. He was looking for people inside the vehicles.

    Typical- we here in Oz have a decades- long drought, and then suddenly three-quarters of Queensland is under water...

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Jan 11, 2011 1:30:08 PM

  10. @gr8Guyca the cars have tires full of air, they have more mass with air pockets closer to the water, i.e. more friction and variables... i dont maybe that doesn't fully explain it to you. anyway, a woman's stiletto heal against the ground can have as much force as an elephants foot. (lol wow i think i just wrote a bunch of nonsense.)

    Posted by: Trey | Jan 11, 2011 1:51:02 PM

  11. They are getting their karma due to the treatment they gave to the original people of that land...the Black people! they used them as target practice..beheaded their the land they stole is being taken from them by NATURE..

    Posted by: shannon | Jan 11, 2011 2:51:54 PM

  12. Shannon, silly silly thing that you are, do you think the brown and black people are not suffering? You think the rain is not washing away their crops and trees and cars? No one has a claim to being "The original people" That's racism at its most horrible level and speaks to a wickedness of the heart that is dark and evil. We are all people of the planet equally.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 11, 2011 3:19:13 PM

  13. Good for you SB,Shannon is a f...wit.
    What i find unbelievable is people have the time to film cars being washed away but are not helping people evacuate.
    That would be the decent thing to do.

    Posted by: john | Jan 11, 2011 4:24:12 PM

  14. I wonder if Shannon realises that his notion of 'kama' is only really one step away from those who claim birds are dropping dead because of DADT. Fuckwitsayswhat?

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 11, 2011 6:14:55 PM

  15. The guy in blue is quite lucky. Even though he isn't standing in the creek proper (stronger current) it can take just 1 foot of water to pick you right off your ass, especially if a hard object carried by current hits you.

    Posted by: mary | Jan 11, 2011 11:36:23 PM

  16. Andy - the comment about shelters (sometimes) not welcoming LGBT people or couples is rather presumptuous. Brisbane has a large gay population. QNews is merely offering to facilitate help to those in need in addition to available shelters. No shelter would turn away anybody in need, nor would others judge. In Australia, in times like these, everybody helps each other regardless.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 12, 2011 6:18:01 AM

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