…and no, there wasn’t any alcohol involved just mother nature doing the wild thing and creating havoc for us humans, again.
Australia Day was Saturday, January 26 and it was a wet day, but at least there were moments when you could venture outside to walk the dog or do a bit of shopping. Yesterday it rained, and it rained and it rained, our Premier appeared on the news telling us to brace for a wild night of wind and rain, flooding in Brisbane and further destruction in towns like Gympie and Bundaberg. For many, it was reminiscent of the 2011 floods which caused devastation in places like Toowoomba, Grantham, Brisbane and Ipswich to name a few.The Gold Coast got off reasonably lightly then, the rain fell yet the flooding was minor, not so this time.
Live coverage of the flooding can be found on the ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-28/qld-flooding-alert-moves-south/4486666
On the Gold Coast, high rise buildings are creating major wind tunnels making it difficult for locals and tourists in Surfers Paradise to get around. In our local area trees have fallen and roads are flooded, we’re being asked to stay off the road and flights from the Gold Coast have been cancelled or redirected. I usually spend my Sundays at a local animal welfare league but after a couple of hours of cleaning, cuddles and toilet walks there was little I could do, the rain was just too heavy and the dogs were better off warm and dry in their beds.
My husband and I spent the afternoon indoors watching DVDs, Maxi and Bundy were also not inclined to be outdoors, they followed our every move and if there was a chance to go for a ride in the car, Bundy could be found ready to go at the front door. We live near the bush, a huge Eucalyptus tree sits right on our fence line and there are several more within a hundred metres of our house, to hear the wind roar through those trees is frightening. The wind blew all night, speeds of 140km/hour were mentioned on the news but I have no idea how fast it was moving near our place, we kept the windows of our bedroom open in the hope that if one of those trees were to come down we would be able to hear it. As it was, the neighbour’s bamboo was the only thing we had to worry about, it had been uprooted by the wind and now lies across our fence and on our roof. Damage appears to be minimal, water is not coming through our ceiling and no windows have been broken, it is hard to know anything more until the weather eases and the bamboo can be removed. With so much worse being experienced in other areas of Queensland, I can’t complain, these things happen and we’re still safe and dry. My heart goes out to the people who have lost their homes and for the few who have lost their lives as a result of this wild weather.