Where were the Brethren after the Queensland floods?

Where were the Brethren after the Queensland floods?

The ‘BIG WET’ in Queensland of Summer 2010-2011 brought flooding on an unprecedented scale. After the water had roared through cities, townships and farms the heartbreak unfolded…. The liquid toxic sludge had transformed every precious thing into debris and disfigured everything. 1000’s of people were waking-up that morning to see all their possessions completely ruined. The Plymouth Brethren knew they could lend a hand and rallied together to organize teams for helping in the clean-up. The brethren joined the the ‘mud army’.

Organising over 100 volunteers was a huge challenge; team leaders had been briefed on the City Council Safety regulations and our own clean-up procedures; community members donated all sorts of equipment, including bobcats, pressure cleaners, trucks, as well as the usual brooms, buckets, shovels, wheelbarrows and squeegees.

It was tough facing the grim task of working with homeowners, fathers, mothers, grandparents and children deciding what could be salvaged and what had to be let go……all manner of precious items just dumped on the footpath with the flood debris. Support was needed for these distraught people saying goodbye to all their family photos, heirlooms and children’s cherished toys.

Everything that was mushed together with mud, totally unusable. Here are someone’s personal items now just sitting on the footpath.

Many of our volunteers also used their own vehicles to transport debris to make-shift dumps travelling in convoy with the Australian Army personnel.

On top of the massive clean up work there were people to feed. The Plymouth Brethren organised a team of people to supply food and drinks for volunteers and victims alike. In one day alone, over 500 bread rolls, 90 kg’s of steak and sausages, and 3500 bottles of water were served to the needy and very grateful people struggling to come to grips with what had taken place. After setting up a base in Graceville Primary School the Brethren set out with food loaded on vehicles to reach the many areas of devastation where clean up work was in progress.

6 thoughts on “Where were the Brethren after the Queensland floods?”

  1. pop says:

    Ann,
    What is the fraser coast chronical site? can i have the address please. i am very intersted in all the great work these wonderful brethren are doing!
    KEEP IT UP ALL OF YOU! WELL DONE!

    1. John says:

      Here’s one article: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/spirit-rises-above-flood/1737451/ . Use “brethren” in the site’s search box ti find more articles.

    2. Ann says:

      This is the link to the photos I was referring to:
      http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/photos/maryborough-flood/18085/#/0
      I see there are lots more articles too – terrific to see. Also the work is still going on in Bundaberg 24/7 catering for the emergency workers and others too; such a privilege to be able to help in this way – a practical way to demonstrate the Spirit of Christ.

  2. Romp says:

    Are the brethren helping clean up after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in Eastern Australia as they did with the previous floods!

    1. Ann says:

      Absolutely – it is happening right now in Bundaberg and Maryborough. The PBCC Rapid Response Teams are working alongside the SES and other emergency workers, providing both assistence and refreshments. Check out the Fraser Coast Chronicle website for photos.

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