We have an idea of what Queenslanders will be facing in the aftermath of the flood. Months of stench. Its the pits.
As a young reporter and mum we lived through the 1984 Southland Flood and the ensuing stench still lingers as the most dominant unpleasant memory of that tough time. It was bloody awful and the area was a stinking mess for weeks. I rang an old Southland mate who now lives near Brisbane to check he was okay as the Brisbane flood started to gather speed. .He said the event had reminded him a lot of the flood of '84 in Southland.
Here is how the 84 flood unfolded in Southland
and here are some of the pertinent stats
It was a tough time and for almost a year the stink hung heavy in the air. We shifted cattle and sheep over about 12 hours during the flood through filthy rising water. It was a slow creep kinda flood. We nursed boils on our legs for days.