Flooded in again!
I’m glad we made the decision to come home at lunchtime yesterday. Any further delay and we would’ve been stuck on the side of the road in our car, or stuck in town. Much rather be home, dry, connected to the world via the internet and able to tackle my manuscript.
This is the Orara River. The Bureau of Meteorology website has ceased providing river levels. Usually it will at least measure until it breaks its banks, but the reading is stuck on 4.6 metres. This is well above 4.6 metres. This is higher than I have ever seen it, and this is the 4th flood in 3 years.
I wouldn’t advise trying to use the ‘Refuge Island’ now. It’s more like Atlantis.
The river divides our village in half. Apparently the school bus brought all the high school kids back from town and dumped them on our side of Nana Glen. Many of them live on the other side of the river. Now they’re all hanging out in the hall up the road, while their parents are stranded on the other side.
This road always goes under due to the low-lying bridge, and it will stay under longer than the rest of the roads. Last month, a friend who lives up there had to walk across the railway bridge to get a lift into town to buy supplies for their baby.
This is the section of road we managed to get home on yesterday afternoon. There was about a foot of water across the road when we drove through behind two other vehicles, very cautiously. But I’m glad we did, because spending the night in the car, and not being able to get home for a few days would not have been pleasant. And the cat would have been very unhappy.
Now I’m settling in for the long haul, and starting to wonder if I bought enough supplies. When you’re at the supermarket and you think that you’re going to be stranded for a day or two, don’t rely on memory to work out what you already have, buy it anyway! Well, that’s my theory now.
The good news is that the rain has provided me with some extra time to work on my manuscript. So it’s back to it!