Saturday, March 19, 2022
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Around here - Brisbane floods 2022
Oh wow what a big few days. The East Coast of Australia has been battered by a rain bomb and Brisbane has received 2/3rds of the years rain in 5 days. We last had a major flood in 2011 which was huge.
According to Professor Stuart Khan, an expert on water management at the University of New South Wales, says Wivenhoe Dam gained amount 1,450 billion litres of water, which all came in under 3 days". That is about three Sydney Harbours' worth of water. Compared with the floods of 2011, Professor Khan says this is about 50% more water into the dam in about half of the time.
We are safe and our house is okay however we live at the bottom of a hill so the water comes down and usually goes into the big drains but they were over flowing so our backyard fills up quickly and the water was about 2 inches from coming in the house. The water goes up and down in the backyard as the rain goes from heavy to light so it gives the yard a little bit of reprieve. I wasn't overly worried until Saturday night when the neighbours and I felt we needed some sandbags however the rain stopped over night so we were good. Our street was a river of water and rocks brought down with mud from the mountain. The mountain is still closed due to a tree falling on power lines and some landslides.
We wouldn't really be in a position to flood like many other areas that are low lying but the amount of rain was insane. We were cut off on the main road up the hill and down the hill due to flooding. Our suburb was inaccessible as well. The roads have taken an absolute beating with 2 metre pot holes appearing in the roads due to the amount of water. Two of my friends are still without power in different suburbs even though there is no water around where they live. There are hundreds of cars that are write offs and with the short supply of new cars currently people are waiting for 6-8 months for new cars because of Covid and the Pandemic due to the supply chain just replacing an insured vehicle will be nearly impossible.
We were supposed to be having a Birthday afternoon tea for my daughter on Sunday which we ended up cancelling and my sister was stuck up the Coast as the Bruce Highway was closed and couldn't get back. She went up there on Saturday morning and could only get back today.
I'm confident we are not in a flood area and our house wouldn't flood however for half an hour there I thought if the rain goes all night it would come into our house so we were really lucky. I feel so sorry for all the people that have lost everything and even with insurance money if they are covered, where do all these displayed people live while their repairs happen. The task and cost to life, homes, businesses, family cars is enormous. It was a first for us having our suburb cut off in all directions however we were staying home as instructed where it was the safest place for us. The days and weeks to come will be a lot for many people.
What's happening in Lismore, NSW is frightening with many people sitting on their roofs waiting to be rescued.