Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thank you.

Thank you

Thank you to all of you who left comments after my rather stressed flood post.
Our town was experiencing a 1 in 200 year flood event.  Like a lot of the country we had had an unusual amount of rain, some flash flooding and slowly rising river levels.

The good news is that the town coped amazingly well. The media kept everyone well informed about what was happening and people were well prepared.

We decided as we had a camping trip booked, to go ahead as planned. It wasn't far, so if things got worse we could always come back.

As we were packing to leave we had a series of phone calls telling us various rumours including, the bridge out of town was going to be cut, the floods were going to be worse than 1 in 200 years etc etc. It was stressful.  Then our neighbour noticed a car parked for a very long time outside our house. A colleague of Mr M had had a heart attack. We called 000 and did our very best efforts with CPR, until the ambulance arrived.
Sadly he did not make it. After dealing with police and work and our own shock we still decided to go. We were with very good friends who could support us.

So we arrived at camp, shell shocked and still feeling like we maybe should be at home. Thankfully our friends were just lovely. We had a very anxious 24 hours listening to radio updates about the floods and speaking with family.  Thankfully my parents home and a fellow campers parents homes were sandbagged, so that was one less worry.
The flood peaked on the Tuesday, our families were all so relieved and we could settle down for a break.

This photo is taken, looking down my parents court.

Mum was rather stressed when it passed her letterbox.

The bridge.

View down the main street or "Main drag" as it is known.

The botanic gardens with it's short lived water feature.

The ever present country Aussie sense of humour.

Thank fully the flood crisis here has passed.
We are very lucky indeed to have escaped any harm.


  1. So glad you're safe but that is very sad about your friend. I can't imagine how tough it would have been to go through that. Bless x

  2. Awful few days for you all and such sad news about your friend. I did like that last pic and the 'main drag' - I think people raise their eyebrows when I use phrases like that here... A x

  3. Oh, gosh, Deb, you have been through the mill. Did you go into shock having witnessed that poor fellow's death? Did you actually do the CPR? I can't imagine what you must have felt. I've done a St John's First Aid course but can't imagine having to putting the theory into action. And then what a relief to have escaped flood damage. I imagine you've been consuming a few cheeky wines, lately! J x

  4. Glad to hear you are safe and well Deb after quite an ordeal. It has been an amazing time throughout our side of the country and lets hope that is the end of it. ;-)

  5. Oh what a harrowing time you've had. So sorry to hear about your friend. Thankfully your family were safe during the flood. You might need another holiday after the stressful one you just

  6. I am so glad to hear that you are ok Deb, it sounds like you have had an emotional few weeks. I am so sorry about MR M's colleague what a terrible thing to happen. xx

  7. Oh gosh, that's so terrible about Mr M's colleague - how shocking for you all and how scary all this flood business must have been - I'd be petrified seeing the water cross my letterbox too.

  8. Oh my gosh what a terrible time for you and your family. So glad you are safe and sorry about Mr M's colleage..such a shock..
    take care~ Kym X

  9. Oh my goodness, what a terribly stressful and sad time. All so scary. Take care x

  10. Amazing how turbulent the river water at the bridge looks compared to in the streets..deceptively peaceful just quietly engulfing everything. Your town looks like a real gem though. It's so sad to have a friend die outside your house though in such a stressful period. I hope his family is going to be ok.

  11. That's terribly sad. And frightening for you and your husband. What a whirlwind this past month has been for you. I hope you've come back down to earth and you're ok. Rachaelxx


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