Pippa and Emily had been a little bit scared this week. Monday night we had had a very large storm, it was terrifying the noise of the wind, the pouring rain, and the cracking noise of the trees. We lost power Tuesday morning, and by midday had lost any telephone reception.
It had quietened a little by first light Tuesday morning, I went round the yard to check for damage, to see a tree branch had bounced off the side roof, cracking some tiles and tipping the toilet vent over - easy repair. I rounded the garage and there was a fallen tree, a good 10 metre tall one. It was a walk to the top of the driveway, to realise that it was more than just our yard that had been affected, a walk around the block, it wasn't just our street, a neighbour with a battery operated radio to find out that it was wide spread. We were very very fortunate by comparison. Large trees were down everywhere in our town, other areas had major flooding, and unfortunately people had lost their lives. News link1 link 2
In our communities we have the Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service. Ever since Tuesday morning these brave persons have been out assisting with the clean up with the electricity company.
Saturday morning, it was like nothing had happened, it was warm and sunny, the 4 inches of water that had been outside the front door was a damp patch that hadn't quite dried out; the power had been restored the night before, and telephone service was back online. I wanted to take the girls to see what had happened and the brilliant and tireless job the Services had been giving, most of the men and women in these Services are volunteers.
Emily with her sensible black boots, and Pippa with cowboy boots - the next nearest sensible shoes for going places possibly muddy and wet.
Hey Coconut, you stay, just in case its not safe for little dogs.
Behind the garage.
The tree that fell in our backyard, well whats left of it. The tree fell into the neighbours back yard missing their water tank and swimming pool fence by about a metre. Our neighbour owns a chainsaw, and a fire place, and was very kind and chopped up the tree.
The Storm water drain.
A few streets away where the land is very low and flat is a wide storm water drain. This is the road that goes over the drain, the water level marker is the height above the road. There is no marker for the water depth itself, but it is at least another metre or so under the road. Alot of debri measuring
The drain was not able to hold all the water, and it flows out onto the local football field
Theres a green strip just in front of the tree line, thats where the water should be
A modern problem with power outage is people needing to charge telephones and other devices. The petrol station in the next town over had a generator and was able to provide a power service for anyone needing a boost.
Massive trees snapped like a toothpick, these are at the local pony club field.
But it was like random
The local dam. The jetty floats where the shoreline should be. The Sign says "No food on water"
Putting these picnic tables out of service for a while
Power poles not where they should be
Power lines in trees
More shots of the drain
Including the answer to where the trampoline ended up under Brads Bridge Ferodale road
Amazingly most of the fallen trees missed houses in our area by mere trifles. I did not photograph other peoples houses or yards, but this was the bus stop out front one of the schools in our town.
Each day is now filled with the whir of chainsaws. The streets are littered with branches and dirty water lines, but we are safe, and sheltered and very thankful.