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For the benefit of my international readers

Posted on 2011.01.12 at 19:57
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I was going to write about the fun of the secondment (which is seriously the best thing to happen at work in a very long time), but with the floods I should probably let everyone know that Krista and I are entirely OK and should continue to be even after the big peaks tomorrow.

They got us to leave the CBD yesterday - Tuesday - morning with work to take home. The plan was that today would be the worst of it and then we could return on Thursday, but things with floods have a tendency to develop quickly, and the peak of the flood should be at about 4AM tomorrow (Thursday) morning, with another one roughly 12hrs later.

First things first. The floods are serious. Several major roads are flooded, as are places like the CBD and the UQ campus at St Lucia. The river has burst its banks all over the place and apparently most of the ferry/CityCat pontoons are underwater. The expectation is that it will take a lot of work to get the ferries etc working again. Dad lives in the CBD, and he and his wife have evacuated because their building was going to lose power. The CBD overall has no power, in fact.
As for our area, we're safe as I said earlier. We live near a creek, so there have been some concerns, but everything's worked out the way I hoped it would so far. We have no Foxtel for the moment, but power and phones and the like are fine.

As a bit of geography for those who haven't been here, we live on a T-Junction. Our street is the horizontal bar of the T and is slightly higher than the vertical bar, which is the one backing onto the creek.
The other street has flooded and has been mainly evacuated. Even with the peaks tomorrow being another metre or so of water, our best estimates are that we'll be entirely dry. Despite that, we've taken some things from our garage and moved them to Mum's place, which is nowhere near the floods.

Tomorrow does promise to be an interesting experience, though. Any streets towards the creek will be at least covered in water, so we'll need to be careful getting around the place. Beyond that, though, we're going to be all good.


sixth_light at 2011-01-13 12:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for updating, I was wondering how you guys were getting on but figured you were probably being bombarded with enquiries already. Glad to hear it's going to be OK for your place, at least.
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