It’s my birthday today and it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Kerang (about 40 minutes drive from us) is besieged by water – the town is cut off and those who have remained (many evacuated early) are desperately sandbagging the power sub station. It that goes under water then power for Kerang, Cohuna and Swan Hill will be cut along with various other towns.
Horsham is slowly drying out after being inundated with flood waters and many more towns are struggling to keep themselves dry as the waters slowly progress towards us. While the damage may not be as great as some of what Queensland experienced please keep Victoria in your thoughts and prayers as so many livelihoods, homes, businesses and farms here are being effected by these flood waters as well.
There are now clear indications that we will experience some water damage but as yet it’s still unsure how much or where. There have been meetings called for residents of Swan Hill, Pental Island and Tyntynder tomorrow so that we can be updated as to what is happening. There are rumors by the dozen floating around (pardon the pun) – everything from the town will be completely washed away to the water will miraculously disappear. I’m not taking any notice of them but we are closing monitoring the radio to find out what is happening. One report we have heard is that the channel that runs not far from us may flood and as it winds its way through most of the town that’s a real concern. Apparently though authorities are doing all they can to protect the channel from flooding and therefore the residents of Swan Hill.
Are people panicking? Well to be honest I think there is a lot of worry – which is fairly understandable considering the circumstances. Already there has been some serious shopping being done and many people (after hearing there may be a petrol shortage) have filled their cars. As I said before there are all sorts of silly rumors doing the rounds and the crap I have seen on a social networking site (of which I am not a fan but Elise has been showing me what people are saying) is unbelievable. I might add Elise is getting really fed up with how some can exaggerate a situation and is rapidly loosing patience with the whole thing. How on earth people can say some of the things they do with no factual basis is beyond me – but I guess some will say whatever and unfortunately others believe. There has also been a text message doing the rounds saying Swan Hill was to be evacuated but those in charge quickly stopped that rumor thank goodness.
Ashley’s phone hasn’t stopped all afternoon and he has to go out and hook up yet another generator tomorrow to make sure that certain infrastructure will be still operational.After that who knows.
We have made the decision that if the worst comes to the worst we will stay and defend the house until we have to go and so long as we are not in any danger. I am clinging to the fact that 12 years ago when we were building this house we had 5 inches of rain in 24 hours and while the house was surrounded by water – it did remain dry inside. My sewing room has lots of stuff lifted up high. The kids have packed all their school books and clothes in case we need to get out. There is more to do but much of it will wait until after the town meeting.
Thankfully before the time the Queensland floods started we had decided that an emergency kit was needed ie the bus would be our home away from home – and we have been slowly stocking it with all the essentials in case we need to live in it for a while. I have said it before and I will say it again – if you don’t have an emergency kit and plan then you should have. And if you haven’t started then get your butt into gear and get on with it. Waiting for a rainy day, flooding or a fire is too late!
Now despite all that I had a lovely birthday tea with Ashley, the children and Mum. I received some beautiful and very useful presents – many of which I had asked for ie a bag of potting mix from James (to pot up some more potatoes) and a scented candle from Nicola as I was sick of smelling citronella candles burning all the time. Elise gave me pj’s, some salad tongs (I didn’t have any) and some peppermint foot cream. Yumm. Mum gave me half a dozen lovely champagne flutes which I intend to fill with expensive Ice Wine (made from frozen grapes and about $70 for a bottle that only holds as much as a can of coke!!!) and celebrate the fact we made it through all of this drama.
Where ever you are and whatever your circumstances. Stay safe. It’s easy to say “it’s just stuff and not important in the over all scheme of things” – and to a large degree that’s true – but it’s harder when there is the very real potential loss of your life’s work and home. While I joke that I wanted new things deep down I want my things…..but most of all I want my family safe and all of this over and done with.
My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much and for those who are still battling floods.