Updated: Mar 28
Thanks to everyone who sent us their best wishes and concern. We are fine, albeit a little stunned by the event. When you see what is happening in the Richmond valley to our north, with people still being rescued from an unheard of level of rain, our little drama is insignificant. This blog was written over several days starting from the bottom so it is best to read from the bottom up.
The links below to jump to each day.
Tuesday 1 Mar 2022 4pm Back to Top
We woke this morning to a drained valley covered in a layer of mud. Everything below a certain level is grey leaving a strange almost colourless world.
We walked across to the creek. A difficult task compared to normal as everything is coated in the slippery mud layer. Touching a branch leaves streaks of mud on you and your clothes.
The garden is a mess.
A walk to the creek is a slippery muddy mess.
The edge of the wetland
The force of the water running down the springs was extraordinary leaving a path of flattened reeds.
Finally to give you an indication as to how close the flood came here is the house showing a line where the water came to. We had about a half metre to go.
The ladder isn't for us to get on the roof! It just happened to be there
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Monday 28 Feb 2022 Back to top
The mini flood turned into one of the biggest floods ever.
This rain event has dropped 537.5mm so far.
We have never seen flooding on this level here. We never thought that the house would be in trouble with floods but here we are.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 4pm
We are sitting here looking out at the now receding water views and feel an enormous sense of relief. It is still raining but nothing like before, only 30mm since this morning.
Everything is still piled on tables and anything that can hold things above the ground. There is still the boxes and suitcases sitting ready to be thrown into the car. They will stay until the chance of flooding is gone.
Ours was a little trial. We are thinking of our many friends in Lismore. The city is devastated. So many people have lost so much.
There will be many tales from this event. This is just a little one.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 12pm - 14:30 - Peak Water Back to Top
You can start to see the drop in the water level and the garden re-emerge.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 11:30am
The rain has eased and we noticed that the flood level is beginning to drop.
A huge sigh of relief.
We decided to have some lunch and relaxed for the first time today.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 8am - 10am
We had 216mm in the last day. This is an extraordinary amount for one day but exasperated by an already wet ground. Everything that fell (a lot!) went straight to the streams.
As the morning moves on and we nervously watch our flood markers, we move everything up off the floor in the house and pack what we want to take with us if we have to evacuate. We have arranged to move up the hill to our wonderful neighbour's place if we have to.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 7:10am - Rising Flood Waters Back to Top
The flood is rising quickly.
Monday 28 Feb 2022 6:45am
First light view from the house looking over the water views.