28 January 2013

If it Doesn't Rain, it Pours

For a few months now we have been complaining about the lack of rain here in Brisbane. Gardens were dying, Lawns were looking brown and shriveled and water tanks mainly empty. Everyone was hoping for rain. Well, it came with a vengeance, in the form of tropical cyclone Oswald that hit the north coast of Queensland and then made it’s way down the coast devastating coastal communities on the way with high winds and river floods.
Many homes destroyed (Picture Courier Mail)

It arrived in Brisbane on Australia Day washing out planned festivities and drenching the area with an abundance of rainfall. So much so, that the government decided to open the floodgates of our water dams to make room for the expected river water from the catchment areas.

On the way down the coast, ex cyclone Oswald caused seven tornados mainly in the Bundaberg area, wiping out dozens of homes and causing million dollar damages on land and on the seashore where boats were tossed about like match boxes.
A wet Noisy Miner bird took shelter under our balcony railing this morning
The worst is over for us as the low now moves into New South Wales on it’s way to Sydney.

We just inspected our garden and discovered one of our trees has taken out our Hill's Hoist, but nothing else, so we are pleased about that and feel sorry for the numerous people who’ve lost their homes, some of which had just been repaired or rebuilt after the last devastating floods in 2011.
One of our trees crashed into the washing line
Brisbane and Ipswich are expected to be flooded again tonight and tomorrow night with the amount of water coming down the rivers and a high tide at the same time.