Australia Flood Update: Report from the Field
It's the close of day Friday here in Australia and I wanted to send you a quick update from our initial assessment on our wildlife rescue efforts following the floods.
Yesterday we drove about 130 kilometres from Brisbane to Oakey in Queensland. This relatively short trip took much longer given the current conditions. To get here, we drove through some of the flood affected towns of Ipswich across to Toowoomba. The main roads are cleaned up, but a short detour on back roads between Ipswich & Gatton showed more wind and water damage. Luckily, we had a 4WD so we could traverse through the water logged roads here. At one point we turned back as the road was too muddy and steep to safely pass - even with our equipped vehicle. Once in Gatton, we tried to get into Grantham but were turned away by the police for safety reasons. They are not allowing people in for a few more days as they are still cleaning up with heavy machinery.
In the evening we finally arrived at Wildlife's Welfare Carer's place where we met up with Sonya and Michelle. Parts of this region had experienced heavy storms just prior to our arrival. Sonya had picked up a baby Barn Owl that needed to be nursed back to health and that afternoon, Michelle had picked up an adult cockatoo with a fracture. Our vet, Howard treated the birds and went back to care for more animals this morning. We're here to provide immediate care for the animals in need and will do our best to keep you updated on the progress as connectivity allows - our Internet keeps dropping out...
For more information on IFAW efforts to save animals in crisis around the world, visit http://www.ifaw.org