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Flood update 
13th-Jan-2011 10:16 pm

It was hard to get any sleep on Tuesday night, but the sun rose anyway and I was thankful power didn't go out in the night. I took a walk around the neighbourhood to find New Farm Park was already flooding in some areas and the water levels were only about 3 metres. Peak height was originally expected to be well above 5 metres at 4am today and the park isn't far from where we live.

The SO and I talked about contingency plans and moved more stuff to higher ground, but after that, it's just waiting and watching the news.

Sometime yesterday afternoon, power got cut off and that's when we knew things were getting worse. We saw homes with backyards under waist deep water and the water smelt horrible. Our ferry terminal was twisted from the force of the river, but my heart broke when part of the Riverwalk broke off and a tugboat skipper - of his own accord - went out to manoveur the section carefully under the Gateway Bridge. We have walked and cycled on that floating walkway to and from walk countless times.

Last night's flood water got into a neighbour's yard just 2 doors down, but otherwise our street has made it unscathed. We are so lucky the waters didn't get as high as originally predicted, but power might not get back till Saturday.

We will try to help with the cleanup in our area tomorrow and on the weekend if conditions are safe.

Brunswick Street, looking down towards New Farm Park

Brunswick Street, looking down towards New Farm Park
Peak water levels were just about to reach the 7-Eleven corner shop.

The sandbags didn't really stop the water from coming in.

We used to park our car in the underground carpark.
Now you need scuba gear to get down there.

The houses across from the Merthyr Village did not fare as well...

Our neighbourhood sausage sizzle to feed locals and raise funds.
The flies are already out in force, so there'll be much to clean up.
13th-Jan-2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my, are there cars still down under that garage? O_o
I'm glad you're weathering it alright. Hang in there!
17th-Jan-2011 11:37 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be a surprise if there was a car or two still down there. Took them almost 3 days to pump all that water out.
13th-Jan-2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hang in there D8
17th-Jan-2011 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, we have had it easy compared to the people who lost their entire house and loved ones.
13th-Jan-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
There are so many words and just not enough for the enormity of this situation...I'm so glad that you and Tom are alright! You, and all my other Brisbane friends, have definitely been in my thoughts the last few days! How's Tom's family up there? Is everyone else you know okay? Sending you much love and well wishes!
17th-Jan-2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe. His family is fine. We stayed with his parents, who were high and dry. I'm feeling very sorry for the people in NSW and VIC, who are now going through what we have.

Everyone else we know have been ok. Couple have lost some stuff or been inconvenienced by the power outage, but we've mostly been quite lucky.
14th-Jan-2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Am just glad you are safe. Been thinking about you guys constantly.
17th-Jan-2011 11:40 am (UTC)
And now it's your state's turn. Be safe and don't take any risks with flood water. And hope your gumboots are holding up well. They'll be my next purchase whenever they get stocks in...
14th-Jan-2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Hang in there!
17th-Jan-2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, man. It's been a wild ride.
15th-Jan-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to know you guys are safe.
17th-Jan-2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, we have been very lucky this time.
17th-Jan-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I know I am late to comment, and I see that you and yours are safe. I hope everyone you know and love are safe too :)
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