Parts of eastern Australia are currently experiencing record rainfall and some areas have been severely affected by flooding. Want a flood story? Not much to tell really. Scared the crap out of me though.
In 1988, my friends and I travelled up to Brisbane (Australia) to attend the World Expo. We stayed at my mum and step-father’s place. There was a small creek near their property. Anyway, it was pouring down rain but despite that, we were having so much fun at the Expo that we didn’t arrive home until late in the evening. It was dark and wet as we were driving. There was a lot of chatting. As we neared home, we flashed by a sign that said “Flooding On Road” or some such thing. I was about to yell stop, or just yell, when we plunged into this mass of water. No kidding, the water was everywhere, probably at least window height, maybe more. The car spluttered but kept moving. Our momentum somehow carried us through and the car lasted long enough to climb the rise and limp into the driveway before spluttering finally to a stop. There was water in the engine or carburetta.
Understandably, we were in shock. We then had to beep the horn to attract my mother’s attention because Zachie, the rottweiler, was not letting us get out of that car. The next morning we went to check on the creek. The water stretched at least 100 metres wide and was nearly two metres deep. We were lucky to have survived.
So Aussies, if you are copping a bucketing at the moment, please stay off the roads, especially at night.
I haven’t seen those friends for nearly 30 years. I wonder if they ever think about that night.
Here is a flower photo and poem in lieu of flood photos.
From The Depths
In the dark of night, creek becomes river.
Washes unsuspecting into whorling umbilicus.
In shining light of day, stretches out like translucent sheath.
Choppers hover overhead; photograph houses under water.
Thank our lucky stars for our amphibious craft.
There is currently no sign of flooding in my part of town but it is raining. Should I pack a bag just in case, do you think?
Keep swimming, ladies and gentlemen.
Note: Photo taken by my True Love.