This flood is pretty bad but it ain't brisbane in 1974 (i was there) or Tracy (my wife was) and the loss of life and property is pretty trivial compared to a third world disaster.
If you want to see a real Ozzie disaster, look at the annual australian road toll. 1600 dead annually and 50,000 serious injuries.
We're not very rational creatures are we?
Well then tell Mr "I was there" and it "aint no disaster" that he can kiss my ***. IF he was there he would know what we're going through. He would know that 4 of my friends have now lost everything they own. He would know that the point 8 of a metre that didn't occure doesn't mean JUST as many houses havent been affected because Brisbane is FAR MORE condensed than what it was in 74. You can tell him that I didn't think for the two days I though I was going to lose my house, watching flood water take the house in front of me and sitting on my driveway waiting to say goodbye to everything I own while I watch a space of 1 km by 3 km's wait to swallow us up was trivial, and I think it's pompous of him to be sitting there on his soapbox giving his two cents on something he has no idea of - the footage they've been playing on the news for two days IS THE SAME STOCK FOOTAGE of the SAME AREA'S at the SAME TIME. So he has no clue and no right to judge.
I do think that donations of goods are more hassell then good AT THE MOMENT, but he has just given me the ****!