Getting nearer to home

They are evacuating Strathpine, which is our nearest large shopping centre, and the local radio was also telling us of several major roads being closed in our vicinity.   The back-road that I mentioned in an earlier comment, on which I returned from the Doctor’s, was closed hours ago.   So we thought we’d do a little rubber-necking and have a look at the overflow from our local reservoir, Lake Samsonvale.

Not a hope, all the small roads leading to the dam were waterlogged and we had to make do with a car park on the edge of the lake.   Those trees are usually 20 – 30 metres from the water – it’s pretty full.   There were flocks of pelicans enjoying themselves, and three black swans were out of the lake asking people to feed them.   No pictures, because I wasn’t going to get out of the car.

It’s still coming down by the bucket-load; the Bureau of Meteorology is on overtime trying to expand its computer models to predict where and how large the floods will be.

While we were lakeside, #1 daughter phoned to say she was home because the CBD has been closed down, and that her eldest step-daughter (18) was stranded in the next suburb, which is cut off.

Noah’s second coming?   Feels like it!

There are too many articles, videos and photos to link – just have a look at the front page of the Brisbane Times.

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

19 thoughts on “Getting nearer to home”

  1. Hi Boa and Bearsy, I am glad to hear that your home will be ok, but I trust that your family and friends will be too and that damage and loss for all, will be limited. I was curious to see those black swans. I thought they were unique to Western Australia. Are they indigenous to Queensland as well, or were they introduced? I have been reading about ‘Black Swan Events’.

  2. CBD = Central Business district – the top end of town.
    Yup, we’re all OK, and grandson in Perth is not affected by the bush fires. Thanks.

  3. Yikes!

    Bearsy chum, all these stories seem to share a similar thread. The victims had little warning and no reason to believe the floods were coming.

    Way back a Cornish town here called Boscastle which is situated on very high ground was flash flooded with devastating results. You say you don’t expect to get hit by all this, but in fairness so did a lot of other poor souls.

    I trust you are fully prepared for the worst chum, some of the things you have typed here are causing me concern. Parking near water, driving through floods and parking by a lake all seem a little cavalier. Please be careful chum this is terrible and deadly stuff.

  4. Bearsy and Boa, I would be like Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army getting into a right state and shouting “Don’t panic, don’t panic”. To some people it must feel like the end of the world, swamped and isolated, but the fear is that things are getting worse. Please God stop the fkg rain! What is going up in the heavens to cause so much rain! (Christina don’t answer.) Staying safe is paramount. does that mean staying put or buying a canoe? It is some comfort I suppose that the authorities are working overtime to predict where and when next. All of us here are glued to these scenes and hoping you will be unaffected.

  5. Bearsy,

    Yup you’re right, they’re way before my recollection, I feel a google coming on.

    Glad to hear it that Bear, I will hold you to that promise. 🙂

  6. Fingers and toes crossed that you and Boadicea will not be hit by the flood waters. It seems to be a case of one river after another overflowing its banks and causing devastation. Take care.

  7. I really don’t think we will be affected here. There is a creek in the park across the road, but it is in a deep channel and would have to rise one helluva lot to even lap at the foot of the front garden – then it would have to rise the same again to reach the front door. I hope it doesn’t since I don’t want our ‘high ground’ to become a refuge for any snakes that live in that park… 🙂

    We have plenty of food, but I guess we might have to make a trip to the ‘bottle shop’ tomorrow to ensure that we have sufficient giggle juice to keep us giggling.

    If I sound flippant, it is because it really is unlikely that we will be affected by anything even approaching the scale of what others have suffered and will suffer. Probably the very worse we might expect is that our electricity supply will be cut in one of the storms. Annoying, and I will curse that we still haven’t bought a BBQ and I can’t get on the internet – but really no great drama.

  8. We are all thinking about you both, just watching it now on the news, when you see a helicopter hovering over your heads, give a wave in case it’s a news copter and we can see you 🙂

  9. I’ve just seen photos of parts of Brisbane (my favourite city in the world bar none) that I know well but which are now under water. Scarey stuff. Keep safe, both of you.


  10. Nope!

    (a) It’s only some suburbs of Brissie near the river that are being evacuated,
    (b) We actually live in the Morton Bay Municipality.

    Parts of Strathpine are being evacuated, and that’s just round the corner, so to speak, 5 kms or so.

  11. Well, since no one answered my question about black swans, I looked it up.

    “The Black Swan is common in the wetlands of south western and eastern Australia and adjacent coastal islands. In the south west the range ecompasses an area between North West Cape, Cape Leeuwin and Eucla; while in the east it covers are large region bounded by the Atherton Tableland, the Eyre Peninsula and Tasmania, with the Murray Darling Basin supporting very large populations of Black Swans.[4][8] It is uncommon in central and northern Australia.”

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