here away with the view of mountains

staring at the floor for hours on end…

Hello! A quick update from work, where they have power and therefore the interwebs.

For those of you in and out of Aus worrying about my fate, all is well. There's a tree down on the pool (thankfully it only clipped the house on the way down; damage yet to be assessed but we're not open to the elements at least), but otherwise the storm has passed and now it's just a matter of cleaning up. We may not have power until the end of the week, and of course our phone line is still down. But at least the trees blocking the road either side of us have been removed, and I can get out of the house now.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, it all started on Friday morning, when gale-force winds and mammoth seas drove an empty coal tanker onto the beach. Seriously, it's only 100m offshore.

There were fears for three other ships at the time, struggling less than a kilometre offshore, engines at full-power yet unable to make any headway.

The storm on Friday night caused flash flooding in the CBD, among other areas.

My brother, caught in the flood, had to abandon his car in waist-deep water and walk wade home. It also uprooted trees and downed power lines over the entire region.

Definitely one of the worst weekends I've ever had to live through — especially when news forecasts predicted Saturday night's returning storm would in fact be worse than Friday night's. Worse than lifesavers ferrying people along the main street on jetskis? Worse than a tree on the house? Let's just say I had the cats' carrycases ready and the car packed.

Luckily the wind was from a different direction, and mostly passed us by, this time without any further damage. It's not over for people up the valley, however: all that rain means major flooding in the riverine system, with thousands of homes evacuated and the river still to reach its peak in some places.

I'll update again when we have power (and hot showers!) back. In the meantime, if I've missed anything important, leave me a comment here — there's no way I'm trawling through a missed weekend's worth of blog posts, for all y'all are a chatty lot.

See you on the other side!

7 thoughts on “here away with the view of mountains

  1. Glad you're okay, and hoping that Australia has something a bit more competent FEMA as run by Bush's cronies.

    Not that it would be hard to have something more competent, mind you.

  2. Thanks guys!

    Gregory: we have the State Emergency Service (a volunteer organisation) who worked absolute wonders. Everyone evacuated. There were "only" 9 lives lost, and most of those were from the flash flood and people being swept away in storm-water drains. The energy crews have been working around the clock to restore power. I'm quite amazed at their efficiency, actually!

    Tess: no such luck! Being on a hill amongst lots and lots and lots of trees is not a great trade, actually 😐 We remained dry, at least.

    Leigh: all ok, although the cats oozed a rank fear scent for a couple of days there!

  3. Ah, so you've been caught in the middle of that? Nasty. Thank goodness for the SES. It's been wet and cold down here, but nothing on that scale. It's good to know that your family and cats are all okay.

  4. I'm glad to hear your power has returned and that the roof isn't so far gone that rain's coming inside.

    Take good care of yourself and your family.

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