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article imageLong way home - A Queensland flood story Special

By Jozefina Ndoci     Jan 15, 2011 in World
Brisbane - In the city of Brisbane, Australia, it would usually take a carpet cleaning company owner, Bob 28, around five to 10 minutes to get to work. However, on Wednesday 11 January, it took almost an hour due to the roads all being blocked off.
The affects of the floods are known to have spread their damage from lives all the way to people's businesses and they have interfered dramatically with Queenslanders' every day lives. This does not necessarily mean, however, that everyone has decided to give up.
My brother and father own a carpet cleaning business, which includes most of the whole Brisbane area and they did not step down just because of the floods. Quite the opposite in fact, they continued going to their destinations no matter how long it took them.
I was able to talk to my brother and ask him about what he witnessed on his way to work in Fortitude Valley, while he was in the car waiting to return home after another day's work.
"We usually get there from one job close by, to another in five or 10 minutes, this time it took us almost an hour." He was late to sign some papers for a contract, but had no intentions in letting the floods get in his way.
"When the car was stopped in traffic, I got out and took a picture of the blocked road just before." As seen on the provided photograph, cars were cut out from different sides and ends of roads.
A road blocked off in Fortitude Valley  due to the deep and heavy floodwater. Danger is feared for d...
A road blocked off in Fortitude Valley, due to the deep and heavy floodwater. Danger is feared for drives as the water is rising at this time the picture was taken.
"Please be careful and do not get any close to the waters, especially if there is no one around. It does not matter how long it takes for you to get home, better safe than sorry." Those were the words of my worrying mother. The words of most mothers and family members to other loved ones, we were lucky to have no one hurt.
Officials were blocking the dangerous areas in order to not increase the death toll, rather making those in need wait longer than usual by finding different tricks and turns.
Queensland continues to stay strong as people prepare for the cleaning up of the floods' damages, which are the size of Germany and France combined. This is something which will remain in people's lives for history.
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