THE devastating floods swamping southern Queensland have produced some of the most horrific scenes ever encountered in Australia.
Seeing a family floating down a river which had transformed into raging torrent sent shivers down the spine and summed up how heart-wrenching the situation has become.
The scale of the floods expected to peak in Brisbane today are likely to be unprecedented.
With such horrible news becoming worse by the hour, it should come as no surprise the people of the Douglas region have once again stepped up to help out in any way they can.
In a matter of only a few hours yesterday, dozens of accommodation providers from the Douglas region had signed up to welcome families affected by the floods and unable to return to their homes after Tourism Queensland called for businesses to assist.
Other local businesse didn’t hesitate to show their support with airport transfers, car hire and tour offers.
The local tourism industry has endured another horror year and cane farmers saw their hopes of a bumper crop evaporate with record rainfalls in 2010.
The local construction industry is in tatters with tradesmen forced out of the area to search for work elsewhere and it seems not a week goes by that another local business isn’t forced to go belly-up.
But still the local community, including those feeling the financial pinch, ignore their own problems to come to the aid of others.
Regardless of the number of flood victims who do end up coming to the region to wait for the floodwaters to recede, you can be sure there will be plenty more who return as a result of the generosity shown by the local community.
Receiving a helping hand when you are at your most vulnerable is not a gesture people forget, and anything we can do to help those in need will be greatly appreciated.
One thing is for certain, they will get all the support they deserve from a community which continually puts others first despite personal circumstances.
This is why, as soon as the economic climate improves, the Douglas region will once again prosper.