I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
This beautiful poem by Dorothea Mackellar
With every meter of water that rises in the dam, the further they raise the floodgates with potential flooding downstream!
Having lived all my life in this region I have seen this often. Sometimes yearly in the small sugar town I grew up in. Our house would flood every year!
Flooding was always in the back of our minds when we moved to Townsville in 1988 and we built our house with floods and cyclones in mind. Of course one can never become complacent and with any new development around the area there is always the risk of changes to waterways and of inundation.
Coming home from work on Wednesday I was stuck on the highway due to flooding! My home is less than 5 minutes away and it took me 5 hours to get there. At least I had my phone and I had my sister and husband for company (via messenger) the whole time.
So while we are high and dry here some of our neighbours are not and my heart goes out to the people who have lost homes, pets and things that matter.
Thanks to social media, although we may be flooded in and not able to get out to help we can see the devastation around us. It makes you feel less alone and know that others are affected too! This time we are lucky.
So many lost and found horses, dogs, chooks, ducks and geese. Funny how cats seem to be safe! But human goodness shines in a time like this and others are collecting and posting on the found pages.
Lost - Now found.....at least these could swim. What a wild ride it must have been!
Someone's precious momento of a loved dog washed up at the mouth of the river.
There is of course the need to be careful as nasty things get washed up in other areas. Coastal Taipan.
Shop shelves are bare but people are sharing and baking goodies for the community centre.
But in all of this there are the good stories of neighbours helping each other, businesses giving free tarps, and using equipment to help the community.
I hear the word " resilient" used a lot when there are disasters - I don't really like that word. We just get on with things and do what needs to be done!
But all is not doom and gloom. The grass is green, plants I forgot about are well watered and my crochet is humming along just fine. We have power and food, although, I think I have put on a couple of kilos with all the eating........rain makes me hungry.....You?