Integrated MMA Brisbane Flood Cleanup 2011
By DirtyWhiteGi, on February 7th, 2011
If you weren’t aware of the news recently; many parts of Queensland, including Brisbane, have been affected by flooding.
So yesterday some guys from the Integrated MMA team volunteered to lend a helping hand to fellow team member, IMA fighter and Legend FC Lightweight Champion Adrian Pang – to clean up his 93yr old grandfather’s property which had been severely damaged during the Brisbane floods.
Adrians Grandfather is Captain Alex McKay, 93 yrs old. Served Australia in the world war of which he lost vision in 1 eye & partial deafness.He has just got out of hospital from back surgery.
Everyone met at the gym at 9:30am and there was a good turn out of just over 20 people, which was a bit more than some of us expected would turn out, but was great because it meant we could get the job done quicker. Adrian’s grandpa’s property was a good 45min drive from the gym and everyone carpooled to get out there.
As we drove out of Brisbane we saw some of the parts that were affected by the floods and I was told how high the water level had risen in parts and tried to imagine what it would of been like, which was hard. As we got closer to his grandfathers property, situated right beside the Brisbane river, it wasn’t hard at all to imagine because there were still visible signs of the damage.
Grass and other bits of foliage hung in the trees and you could see where the watermark level rose too. Which was almost 4-5 metres above the bank of the river, as indicated by the dead grass that had been submerged for days. Also you could tell that many parts of hills that before had gradually sloped down to the river bank had given way and collapsed from the erosion of the water.
The property we were cleaning had lost almost 1 acre of land from erosion caused by the floods. In addition their car had been completely submerged and written off, the bottom part of a two storey house was completely ruined and there was furniture, plastered walls, fencing and household items scattered all over the place.
There were also clear markings where you could see just how high the water rose – up to the bottom of a window on the second storey. Here are some pictures of the river just out the back taken on my crappy phone’s camera. You can clearly see the waterline level and how high it got.
Clean up effort
Needless to say, there was a lot of debris to clean up when we arrived. There were 3 skip bins which got completely filled over a few hours that it took for the clean up. There was also a lot of furniture to be thrown onto the back of a truck and dumped out the front of the property where council would pick it up and anything wood put onto a pile out the front and burnt.
After about a good 3-4hrs of solid work in the heat and humidity, the job was pretty much done and we were treated to a big lunch of chips, roasted/fried chicken, bread rolls, coleslaw and lots of soft drinks. Perfect reward after working up a sweat.
It was an overall good team effort and made me proud just to know guys like the ones that train down at Integrated MMA and would give up their time to help others in need.