A good news story from Eastern Australia

@JudyEv (278137)
Rockingham, Australia
March 2, 2022 7:52pm CST
The eastern states of Australia, particularly Queensland and northern New South Wales, have had torrential rain and flooding, the like of which has never been seen before. Phone coverage has been lost in many locations and tens of thousands have been displaced. So I’m borrowing George Bernard Vieto’s (@Deepizzaguy) idea and writing a ‘good news’ story. Gympie in Queensland is on the Mary River and is facing its worst flood since 1893.The river has gone from zero to 22.96 metres. Gympie has been cut off with around 300 travellers being stopped at the Monkland service station on the Bruce Highway. Major Singh, the Sikh shopkeeper who moved from India five years ago, kept his store open from 4am to 8pm and gave out over $10,000 worth of free food and other goods. The nearby Great Eastern Motel also chipped in to look after all those who were stranded. The worst is not over yet with more rain and thunderstorms predicted. Photo attribution: Vicki Nunn. Taken in 2021. Levels are much higher now.
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@arunima25 (74004)
• Bangalore, India
3 Mar
Hats off to Major Singh and Great Eastern Motel. . Major Singh is a true representative of Sikh community which is so well known for their selfless service to mankind, be it in India or any place in the world. We are getting so many awful news from every corner of the world. Hopefully things will go positive. When there are stories of war and hatred, glad that we have Major Singh and others like him who restore our faith in Humanity
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Mar
That's so true. There are still many good people around and acts like these warm our hearts.
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@arunima25 (74004)
• Bangalore, India
3 Mar
@JudyEv It's scary with all that's happening in the world in the recent times. We can just keep hoping for the things to get better. It's all so bad right now
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@ptrikha_2 (37880)
• India
3 Mar
@arunima25 Yes a news that made me feel proud! Such news also remind us that humanity is still thriving!
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@nela13 (50440)
• Portugal
3 Mar
I read about the floods, hope everything improves there.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
It is very sad for those that live there. And possibly with global warming we will see more of these sorts of floods in the future.
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@nela13 (50440)
• Portugal
4 Mar
@JudyEv floods and droughts too.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Mar
@nela13 Weather patterns are becoming more and more extreme.
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@oahuwriter (23308)
• United States
4 Mar
How kind of the shop keeper and hotel! Community coming together in time of need, heartwarming.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
It reallys makes you feel good to read of such kind people.
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@oahuwriter (23308)
• United States
5 Mar
@JudyEv Very much so! Yesterday in the news, an uprooted Hawaii resident, now living in Budapest, helping Ukrainians.
https://www.khon2.com/local-news/former-hawaii-man-running-aid-to-ukraine/
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Mar
@oahuwriter Common decent people all over the world are outraged by this invasion.
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@moffittjc (104978)
• Gainesville, Florida
4 Mar
The situation is not good with all the flooding going on there. I've been seeing bits and pieces of the news stories about it. I hope there is an end in sight for all that rain and flooding, and that everyone remains safe.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
There is no end in sight quite yet as far as I know. More rain and thunderstorms are forecast.
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@moffittjc (104978)
• Gainesville, Florida
4 Mar
@JudyEv I saw last night a news story that unfortunately said there have been deaths.
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@moffittjc (104978)
• Gainesville, Florida
4 Mar
@JudyEv Ooh. It was at 14 when I read the news story.
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@moonandstars (58994)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
3 Mar
this is very generous of him. sorry for floods in your country.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
Thanks. These have been really, really bad. The worst in living memory.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Mar
@JudyEv and we think that worse is behind us
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Mar
@moonandstars They are saying extremes in weather conditions will become more common.
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@FayeHazel (39134)
• United States
3 Mar
Wow that's a shame. But I enjoyed your positive story. I think it was a quote from Children's show host, Mr. Rogers - that said when bad things happen - look for the helpers. That's what your story reminded me of
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
I've heard 'Mr Rogers' mentioned elsewhere but I had no idea who he was.
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@FayeHazel (39134)
• United States
7 Mar
@JudyEv he was quite popular had a Children's show that ran for decades "Mr.Roger's Neighborhood" - that emphasized manners, being polite, understanding, kindness (someone should put it back on the air, it's much needed now, lol)
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Mar
@FayeHazel True. We could do with a few shows showing those traits.
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@LadyDuck (392196)
• Switzerland
3 Mar
I was reading the news this morning, I did not know that you had flooding in Australia. Those people were so good to feed the crowd waiting for help.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
They are the worst floods in our history and it's still raining. More and more people are being evacuated from some areas.
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@LadyDuck (392196)
• Switzerland
4 Mar
@JudyEv It is horrible, you have too much rain, here we had no rain in January, no rain in February and for the moment no rain in the immediate forecast.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
@LadyDuck I do think those who say there is no global warming will have to revise their opinion soon.
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@Shiva49 (24374)
• Singapore
3 Mar
There are always the heroes who rise to the occasion. Uplifting to read amid the disaster.
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@ptrikha_2 (37880)
• India
3 Mar
@Shiva49 Yes and we are even hearing of great folks who are helping people in Ukraine.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
There are a great number of these sorts of stories. As you say, heroes rise to the occasion.
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@rebelann (98580)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Mar
Yikes, that's really bad. I pray the rain will stop and that the sun will come out to dry up the excess water.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Mar
Thanks. There is more flooding a bit further south now.
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@rebelann (98580)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Mar
Bummer. Your country has been hit very hard recently with the fires now this, I am praying things will turn out for the best for Australia
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
@rebelann Thanks.
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@CarolDM (186258)
• United States
4 Mar
I wish them all well. Good to hear of people helping.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
It is indeed and the situation isn't really improving at the moment. More rain is forecast and new areas are becoming inundated.
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@CarolDM (186258)
• United States
4 Mar
@JudyEv That is not good at all.
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@ptrikha_2 (37880)
• India
3 Mar
The Sikhs community- whether in India or abroad have been carriers of big generosity and helpfulness. So this is no surprise. Hats off to Major Singh! Looks like world over, freak weather (and health) phenomenon are not abating. And then we have mad men like Putin going to war over a frivolous reason of historical mistakes(as per him)! Alas, such tough days But yes a positive news. And hats off to Great Eastern Motel as well!
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Mar
The whole world seems in a turmoil at the moment. Who knows where it will all end.
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@ptrikha_2 (37880)
• India
3 Mar
@JudyEv Yes and even many Russians are shocked at Putin's action. Such an action could have made some sense in 1940s but not now!
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@ptrikha_2 (37880)
• India
9 Mar
@JudyEv Not stopping even when Russians are facing a big impact of the sanctions. This happens when a country has leaders with absolute powers and who don't care about their own citizens. It's not as if India or other countries have everything perfect. Yet at least there is some democratic accountability. Democracy is a farce in Russia and some other countries.
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@DeborahDiane (38071)
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Mar
@JudyEv - I have heard about the flooding in Australia. I did not know, though, that they are expecting MORE rain. How terrible. I saw an interesting story about the flooding, too. It was a photo of a large snake swimming through the flood waters, and on its back were two little mice, a cute green frog, and a large beetle. They were all hitching a ride through the flood waters on the back of a snake! I do not know if the snake was doing a good deed, or just thought he was bringing his lunch with him!
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Mar
The floods are nowhere near over. There are more evacuations now in the suburbs of Sydney. That's funny about the snake. One cow was found hundreds of kms from where she lived and another photo showed a young bull standing on a roof. The damage has been horrendous.
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Mar
@JudyEv - I am sooo sorry to hear about all this flooding. There has been a little about it in our news, but mostly our news has been dominated by the Russians attacking Ukraine. It has been heartbreaking to see women and children walking for days to get to the border with Poland. I feel so sorry for those people. I know how damaging flooding can be, though. It seems to me, too, that once an area has had bad flooding, it can be prone to it happening again in the future. This is very distressing.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Mar
@DeborahDiane The war news and the flooding are vying for top spot here. It is just awful what Russia is doing. I wish the West would do a bit more to stop him but I'm sure there are many factors to consider. Hopefully, the financial restrictions might make him pull his horns in a bit.
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@Nawsheen (28717)
• Mauritius
3 Mar
Seems like things won't be getting better soon. Feeling so sorry for the people of Gympie. Major Singh is doing a wonderful job
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Mar
He is indeed. More areas are now being affected by the floods. It would be devastating to see the waters coming into your house.
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@Nawsheen (28717)
• Mauritius
8 Mar
@JudyEv how is the situation there now?
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Mar
@Nawsheen It's just as bad although the flooding seems to have moved south into northern NSW. More are on red alert or are being evacuated.
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@Shavkat (129132)
• Philippines
3 Mar
I hope the rains stopped soon in these affected places.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
That would be ideal but at the moment they are forecasting more rain.
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@Shavkat (129132)
• Philippines
4 Mar
@JudyEv I am glad that it is happening out there.
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@shaggin (59875)
• United States
3 Mar
That’s so sad they are predicting more rain on top of that devastation already having happened. So very kind of the shopkeeper to give out those items. Also nice the motel helped out as well!
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Mar
People are stepping up to help in the best way that they can. Major Singh isn't a big wealthy store - just a small owner so he is giving up a lot really.
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@shaggin (59875)
• United States
3 Mar
@JudyEv I was thinking that about the store owner too thinking he’s being effected by this too and gave away all that stuff. So very caring and generous.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Mar
Good story. Shared on my Facebook . Thanks for sharing this story.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Mar
Thanks for doing that. I hope it results in more business for him when all this is over.
@acelawrites (19295)
• Philippines
5 Mar
Major Singh is such a very good person.He helped people in need.!Volunteerism is much welcome in such trying times.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Mar
I am sure many were humbled by his actions.
@snowy22315 (137578)
• United States
4 Mar
That is horrible, but in these days of climate change and global warming, I suppose events like this will become more and more commonplace. Thank Goodness for Major Singh!
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Mar
I think they will become more common too. I'm just so happy I'm over here and not in the middle of it all.
• China
4 Mar
What a heart-warming sight ! The shopkeeper and Great Eastern Motel's gave generously to people that were left stranded.Disasters have no mercy,but humans do.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Mar
There have been many heart-warming stories during these hard times. People can be very caring when there is an emergency.
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@Aquitaine24 (10658)
• San Jose, California
4 Mar
It is good of the shopkeeper to help.
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@JudyEv (278137)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Mar
It was indeed. He wouldn't be a wealthy man.