A wild night

…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

erosion at Kingscliffe beach
Beach erosion at Wommin Bay, just north of the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club rock wall. January 30, 2012 (ABC Gold Coast: photo submitted by Tania Phillips). Source: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2012/01/25/3415384.htm?site=&xml=3415384-mediarss.xml#bigpicturepos

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.


20 thoughts on “A wild night

    • twoblackdoggies January 28, 2013 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you, we are all ok although the dogs are getting extremely bored and looking to burn some energy 🙂

  1. Fabulous Fur Friends January 28, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    Wow, keep safe guys, the storms are on the news here, looks terrible. Crazy weather we’re having – we’ve still got bush fires burning and haven’t had rain for a month.

    • twoblackdoggies January 28, 2013 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks, it seems that we go from one extreme to another. It has settled down now, moving south this afternoon so I hope it sends rain your way.

  2. Ogee January 28, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    Glad all members of your family (two and four legged) are safe.

    • twoblackdoggies January 28, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you, it was a long night and now that the rain is easing we look forward to going for a nice long walk 🙂

      • Ogee January 28, 2013 / 2:36 pm

        Yeah…puddles and mud!

      • twoblackdoggies January 28, 2013 / 2:38 pm

        Oh yeah, lots of fun for doggies 🙂

  3. Long Life Cats and Dogs January 28, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    How scary. When mother natures decides to throw a tantrum, there really isn’t anything us humans can do. My thoughts are with you and I hope you stay safe.

    • twoblackdoggies January 30, 2013 / 8:03 pm

      So true, it was an almighty tantrum and parts of the country are still feeling the effects. Thank you for thinking of me, we came out of this tired but unscathed, thankful that bamboo on our roof was the worst that happened.

  4. Debra Kolkka January 28, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    The river has broken its banks near our house in Brisbane. I hope it doesn’t come too much higher, we don’t want the house going under water again. It makes my earthquake in Bagni di Lucca seem tame by comparison.

    • twoblackdoggies January 30, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      I hope it didn’t get any higher and that your home escaped the rising water, we’re very lucky that we live away from the river but the wind was extremely frightening and there are trees down all around our area. Have never experienced an earthquake, can’t even imagine how scary it is, glad that you are safe.

  5. Jorie January 29, 2013 / 12:12 am

    So sorry to hear about the flood! And also, a belated happy Australia Day–I was there for it a few years ago and we had a lovely celebration 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies January 30, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you, it has been horrific to watch, so many towns and homes destroyed by the flooding and several lives lost but we are grateful to have come out of it with little damage. Australia Day is usually a lovely celebration, lots of BBQs, beach cricket and time with friends, so glad you got to experience it when you were here.

    • twoblackdoggies January 30, 2013 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you Misaki, so glad that you are surviving the freezing temperatures, we have seen lots of footage of snow storms on the television and can’t even imagine how it feels to have such cold weather.

  6. megtraveling January 31, 2013 / 11:13 am

    You have had to endure some very trying weather… I hope the damage to your property isn’t bad and that you can get back to your normal routine soon!

    • twoblackdoggies February 2, 2013 / 11:08 am

      It has been very extreme of late, so much water here but further south still dry and hot with a high fire danger. There was minimal damage to our place, more mess than anything but thank you for thinking of me 🙂

  7. George Weaver February 2, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Good Grief! How did I forget where you live? I knew about the flooding. I remember that bamboo annex in a photograph from another post. I love bamboo. Rita does too. Everybody says not to plant it because it takes over the whole place. Is that true? I see the water under the bamboo. I hope your storm damage was not significant, and I’m glad you’re fine now! 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies February 2, 2013 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks George, I’m glad we’ll all safe too and we got off lightly compared to many. Bamboo can be invasive, our neighbours must be twenty metres tall and the leaves fill out gutters but the privacy it creates is wonderful. The bamboo annex is now gone, it was the result of our neighbours bamboo being uprooted and landing on our roof, no damage though, just messy. We were lucky, no flooding and no loss of power 🙂

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