I'm keeping away from any mud with my open wound but there are flies and mozzies everywhere just ready to spread some nasty infection to me.
We are not near any of the evacuation centres distributing food so today I venture to the next suburb to see if shops are open and what the shelves look like. Public transport is yet to resume on this route so I walk to Toowong to find a Coles. The shop is quite well stocked all considered but there are definitely a few empty shelves.
|Empty shelves in one of the few open supermarkets|
Outside everywhere stinks and looks disgusting. I don;t look too close cause I know there are a few dead things in the muck and rubbish piles. The Brisbane river itself is still really high and still a horrible brown colour with trees, bits of jetty and peoples belongings floating by. Never mind the cattle from further up the river. Just walking home I feel very dirty because the sun is baking the silt and mud to the road and with each passing car the dust is thrown into the air. I pass many people having to throw out everything they own because nothing can be salvaged once the muck had touched it.
The government has issued a major health warning for the entire population to stay out of the water and away from the mud unless absolutely necessary but people just want to start the clean up and move on. Unaffected suburbs are put on water usage restrictions to allow residents in the flooded areas to clean up their homes and streets to try and minimise risk of disease. The news already warns there are fears for infections caused by the disaster and with a the dirty stagnant water we're going to have a mozzie epidemic. A Dengue or River fever outbreak is predicted and there's not much can be done about it.
|Water and muck is gone up you can see the sludge height on the trees|