Ray of sunshine

‘Today’s forecast: Rainy with a chance of reptiles.’ Girl reports on record-breaking floods

Katelyn Georgetown. (Twitter/ABC Indigenous)

The city of Townsville, Australia, is still reeling from a one-in-500 year flood event, and bracing for an enormous clean-up, amid warnings of mosquito- and soil-borne diseases. The catastrophic floods in the northeastern state of Queensland took two lives, devastated crops and resulted in widespread deaths of cattle — with an estimated toll in the hundreds of thousands — and rendered hundreds of homes uninhabitable.

With all that to contend with, it’s not surprising that local girl Katelyn Georgetown was just the ray of sunshine needed, capturing hearts with some homespun reporting “for [her] black mob” on the state of play.

“As you can see, there’s a big flood,” she says, pointing to the swollen banks of the Ross River behind her. “And see there’s crocodiles, snakes — my Aunty just saw a snake before. There’s snakes, crocodiles — ain’t nobody got time for that!”

After being shared by the Australian national broadcaster’s ABC Indigenous platform — a portal dedicated to stories for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — the video went viral.

“Today’s Forecast- Rainy with a chance of reptiles,” joked one commenter on Twitter.

The overwhelming reactions included multiple calls to give her a regular broadcasting spot. “Get this young lady a camera and mic of her own. She will own everyone,” said one.

“Don’t you just love this? Brilliant. @BreakfastNews please snap this child up before someone else does, put her on a contract to start work with you as soon as she leaves school!,” chimed in another.

ABC Indigenous itself paid her one of the highest compliments in Aboriginal slang — “We think you’re deadly, Katelyn!” — as well as using the kidding-not-kidding hashtag #ShesComingForOurJobs.

Katelyn Georgetown. (Twitter/ABC Indigenous)

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