Thursday, April 6, 2017
We recently experienced one of the worst natural disasters our local area has seen in a very long time. I personally have no memory of anything ever hitting our area as hard as this.
In less than 30 hours our area had 890 mm of rain dropped on us. No wonder it had nowhere to go.
We though, are the lucky ones and whilst being placed on a possible evacuation list was mightily scary our only real threat was that of surrounding roads being cut off.
And cut off they were and still are. The above three images are from a road that we use almost daily. The sheer force of the water is simply unimaginable.
This is a major bridge and thoroughfare for our area and we cross this bridge at least once a week. It is an area of the river that floods regularly, but that happens way down below the bridge, across the old original bridge that is much closer to the actual river flow height.
This newer bridge is several metres higher than the flow of the river and has received extensive structural damage.
For water to bend a light pole is simply mind blowing.
The kids could not believe their eyes and this was absolutely hands down the best way to show them the reasons why they never ever enter flood water or try to cross a bridge that is covered with flood water.
We simply have no idea what is under that water and whether the bridge is even actually still there, as happened a few kilometers from us.
So whilst we certainly didn't want to experience a natural distaster on this scale and my heart breaks for everyone that has been so severely affected by this, it truly is education at it's best.
Eyes glued to the weather radar, watching the cyclone, tracking it's moves, discussing the eye and then watching how it breaks up as it heads south.
Then sitting through the torrential rain, only to wake and see the worst flooding we've seen right across the road from us.
Nature's fury right there in all its glory.
The vast majority of the time flooding creates nothing but havoc and devastation but every so often it creates a beautiful scene and the stillness of what appeared to simply be a lake was quite beautiful, except that it was covering a road, had entered several houses in this area and took lives, both animal and human.