Floods threaten Brisbanes Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, is preparing an emergency evacuation plan following floods warnings in the region. Queensland Police have advised people who live or are currently near the Brisbane River at West End to move to higher ground as heavy rainfall in the Toowoomba region, causing devastating flash floods, is making its way into the Brisbane River. An administrator of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, Dora Laoudikos, told Neos Kosmos that they have not received any emergency calls from members of the Greek community in Queensland as yet. “We’ve been focused on evacuating our elderly clients who live down by the river, because the water has risen over the banks and we’re expecting a high tide in two hours,” Ms Laoudikos said. “The Wivenhoe dam is over 100 percent full so they’ve had to let the water out and it’s still pouring with rain,” she added. The Greek Community of St George’s elderly services, which cater for 450 elderly clients and include domestic assistance and respite care, have been disrupted by the floods, Ms Laoudikos said.  “The respite program has been cancelled, our Northside respite building is closed as it’s flooding and there’s water going in,” she said, adding “due to roads being closed we can’t run our usual service of picking up clients by bus”. “We haven’t been flooded at our main building yet but we’re cautious of being blocked out. We’re just concentrating on making sure all our community members, especially the elderly, are safe.” Some roads are closed and train lines have just stopped running, Ms Laoudikos said. “It’s terrible, we’re just listening to the radio hour by hour for updates and trying to be prepared”. People seeking information on friends and relatives caught up in the flooding disaster can call the telephone hotline: 1300 993 191last_img

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