• Jan 12, 2011
Australian parking lot flood – Click above to watch video after the jump

Australia is under assault by rain and undergoing one of its worst natural disasters in its history. Flood waters in the state of Queensland have ripped through numerous cities. Over 30 lives have been lost and many others are still missing. Homes are ruined and many more are at risk as the surge heads into Brisbane; Australia's third largest city. Damage estimates are already being pegged as high as $13 billion. One person was recently able to capture just how quickly a stream of water can turn into a raging river.

Filming from the balcony of their Toowoomba office, the video recorder watched as water levels grew higher until they were high enough to begin picking up parked cars (including a hapless Subaru WRX STI) and carrying them away. Hop the jump to see the clip, which includes a bold SUV driver at around 1:10 that refuses to lose his 4x4 to the rising waters (note how he appears to take the time to lock the front hubs on his Nissan). Also, If you feel like helping out, Australia could certainly use it right now.

[Source: YouTube]


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      Human
      • 3 Years Ago
      These fools just WATCH as the waters rise and take their cars away ? ! Seriously?! Insurance should look at this video and refuse to pay for the damage. They had TENS OF MINUTES to walk calmly outside and move their vehicles. Idiots.
        Tommy Castroreale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Human
        Dear Troll, Should they have attempted to break in and hot-wire each car? Who's the idiot? You. He clearly mentioned, "I'm glad I parked my car in the front today."
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was reading about this the other day. Several kids were swept away, and nobody could do anything. They'd gotten something like six inches of rain in a 30 minute period, upstream. An awful tragedy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Salvage titles anyone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a stream of what's happening in Australia right now.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/

      Our friends there are dealing with what will certainly be a national tragedy. Brisbane is the nation's third largest city and is being inundated by floodwater. No different than what happened to New Orleans with hurricane Katrina. It's a shame our media is obsessing over a nut with a gun while this story gets swept under the rug.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The assassination of a federal judge and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress is a VERY BIG DEAL, even if flooding in Australia is ALSO a VERY BIG DEAL. You don't have to urinate on the former to care about the latter.
      • 3 Years Ago

      Australia's new "FREE" valet parking service courtesy of Momma Nature.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they did not move their cars cause they wanted the insurance money.

      ..
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is beside a creek that barely flows & the office overlooks a commuters carpark.. There was no-one to warn. The owners of these cars were almost all working in the CBD 15 minutes away. the local radio station was blaring out warnings but it all happened in less than an hour from the heavy downfall to the was being washed under the small footbridge at the top of the creek.

      There is a pick out there somewhere of the stairs into a 3 story underground car park in Brisbane... it is now full, the water laps gently at the top level of stairs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thanks for the explanation, good sir. That's crazy about the underground garage...

        And LOL at the Nissan driver struggling with an umbrella. You're trying to save your car by doing something very dangerous, so you have a matter of seconds on your hands. Drop the umbrella, get wet, and save a few of those precious seconds, dude.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the STI can still drive out of that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        All wheel drive... safer in the wet dontchaknow?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor sti... And thankfully someone moved the gto/holden manero out of the way. It was there in the first few second but second scene its gone..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that was insane.

      Don't you think some people in the building should have warned others to move their cars? I mean I don't know the exact situation but you better believe that I would be yelling through the halls.

      Mother nature, that was a lot of destruction in not so much time.
      InPlainSight2004
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do people assume no one else in the building knew what was going on?

      Maybe they were afraid to do anything. Better off up on the 2nd floor, than run risk of getting stuck in your car and drowning.

      Aren't human lives more valuable than cars? Cars can be replaced.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of Katrina Cars for sale in QLD.
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