By Daniele Antonaglia.
Brisbane was brought to a standstill today after widespread flash flooding enveloped much of South East Queensland in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, which has left a path of destruction down the Queensland Coast.
The Premier of Queensland, Anastasia Palaszczuk, announced this morning that schools from Agnes Water, down south to the New South Wales border, would be shut in an attempt to encourage Queenslanders to stay indoors.
Over 1000 schools, both public and private were closed and many universities including The Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland followed suit, disrupting the daily routine of many.
“I apologise for any inconvenience, but I don’t apologise for putting the safety of Queenslanders, families and children front and centre,” said Premier Palaszczuk in a press conference earlier today.
Workers across all sectors from retailers to barristers and businessmen were sent home leaving Brisbane’s CBD looking like a ghost town.
Government employees were among those forced home, something which also occurred during the Brisbane floods in 2011.
“They sent all non-essential personnel home. It was for the safety and wellbeing of the public and also to keep roads free for any response teams to use” said Patrick Falzon, a Queensland Government Employee.
Heavy rainfall saw some suburbs experiencing over 200 mm of downpour in less than 12 hours causing flash flooding across Brisbane.
From flooded parks at Bridgeman Downs to sunken cars at Toombul Shopping Centre, the wrath of Debbie continues to be felt.