See the Harrowing Impact From Australia’s East Coast Floods

See the Harrowing Impact From Australia’s East Coast Floods
A farm house is surrounded by floodwaters in the town of Bli Bli on February 27, 2022. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris, Getty Images)

Heavy rain in Australia has caused flooding so dangerous and disruptive that Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared a national emergency this week. The flooding began in late February and has continued into March across the east coast states of New South Wales and Queensland. The disaster has killed 22 people so far, with homes, roadways, and vehicles inundated. It is one of the worst flooding events in the country’s history.

Displacement

People hug after moving their belongings to a boat from a flooded home at Torwood Street, Auchenflower in Brisbane, Australia. March 3, 2022 (Photo: Peter Wallis, Getty Images)People hug after moving their belongings to a boat from a flooded home at Torwood Street, Auchenflower in Brisbane, Australia. March 3, 2022 (Photo: Peter Wallis, Getty Images)

Since the intense flooding began in late February, there have been dozens of evacuation orders that have affected tens of thousands residents in both Queensland and New South Wales. Many people have had to leave behind flooded, damaged homes.

Rescue Missions

State Emergency Service crew members land a boat in front of homes after surveying floodwaters in Windsor on March 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.State Emergency Service crew members land a boat in front of homes after surveying floodwaters in Windsor on March 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

Some people in Queensland and New South Wales needed help evacuating, including residents stuck on their rooftops. Some emergency services were delayed, prompting volunteers to crowdsource private helicopters to help deliver supplies and to evacuate people in New South Wales, The Guardian reported.

Stalled Transit

A home is seen inundated by floodwaters along the Hawkesbury River in Windsor on March 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images)A home is seen inundated by floodwaters along the Hawkesbury River in Windsor on March 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images)

The torrential rain and floodwaters have caused South New Wales’ dams to overflow. Bridges and major roadways are under water, causing major traffic delays for people trying to go through or leave affected areas. Residents of the area have also lost personal vehicles to the floodwaters, The Guardian reported.

Aussie Floods

Residents of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales are still cleaning up following unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade.  (Photo: Dan Peled, Getty Images)Residents of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales are still cleaning up following unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade. (Photo: Dan Peled, Getty Images)

Eastern Australia also experienced disastrous floods back in 2011. That event killed a reported 35 people across New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. Like the current disaster, the 2011 floods and torrential rain led to billions of dollars in losses for the country’s economy and prompted thousands of people to evacuate from damaged homes.

Disaster History

Parts of South East Queensland are experiencing the worst flooding in over a decade. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris, Getty Images)Parts of South East Queensland are experiencing the worst flooding in over a decade. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris, Getty Images)

New South Wales and Queensland are no stranger to disaster — in 2020, the area was engulfed in smoke as huge bushfires swept through the region. By the end of January 2020, more than 3o people died and over 20 million acres burned as a result of the fires.