In Australia, volunteer-made site enables help for flood victims - By Springwise

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Jan 19, 2011 3:41 PM ET

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Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, and there's no clearer time to see that maxim in action than in the wake of a disaster. Much the way Bushfire Housing sprang up back in 2009 to help the thousands of Australian families left homeless by fires in Victoria and New South Wales, so Flood Aid aims to help those affected by this year's devastating floods.

Created by a team of some 30 people spanning nine cities and five continents, Flood Aid aims to be a social resource that can help connect people in need with those who can help. People affected by the 2011 floods in Australia and Brazil can register on the site for help with cleanup — offering supplies or housing, for instance. 

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