Wednesday 15 December 2010

Thunderstorms and Flooding

We were up at 4am two Friday nights ago - sweeping water out of the Workshop.  Then again last Friday.  This time, though, it was more than the average flooding; brown rainwater came in from both ends of the property.  The creek at the bottom of our garden had risen so high, there was exactly three inches between the water level and the Workshop's concrete floor.  The Machinist's brand new 'thousands of dollars' new machinery sat 10 metres away from facing the dreaded 'wet feet'. 

The Machinist, the girls and I had spent the afternoon packing hundreds of sandbags in preparation of what was looming in the late afternoon sky.  We were still filling, lifting, carting and dragging the heavy, (already)wet sacks when the storm began. 

Equipped with several pumps, we attempted to suck the water away from the Workshop and pump it back into the creek.  We'd made calls to the State Emergency Services, as well as our local Fire Brigade, to no avail. 

"It's not just a back-yard shed," I pleaded "It's our bread and butter..."

I was so proud of my family that night.  Our girls were real troopers, lugging sand bags on their shoulders, placing them around the perimeter of our property, through the trees, orchard, chicken coop and barn, bitten by bugs, treading on slugs (and having slugs stuck on their skin....yeowww).

You never know what you can do until you have to do it...

**On a sad note - we haven't seen Rognon since the storms.  We can only presume she and her kittens were marooned someplace along the creek**


Mrs. White said...

Wow, you are going through a lot! God bless you all!


Mrs. White

Ken Devine said...

There's nothing like a drama for creating leading ladies and stars.
It's nice to hear from you Helen.
Hope all is as it was before the storm.

Sue said...

The current weather is diabolical! Hang in there - there's still some more to come. Kudos to all of you for the sandbagging effort!

I hope Rognons & kittehs are ok! xox

Joyful said...

So sorry to hear of the weather problems. I pray that things are getting resolved in your favour now. You have every right to be proud of your family for their efforts to save your property from damage. Blessings.

Ken Devine said...

It's Christmas Eve here and I just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and New Year.


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