Hows the road to Narrabri? Got a friend living in between there and WEE Waa!
You may have heard about there being a bit of water inland...
Well, I can confirm the reports...there is!! *;D
Its all good here though well be Wee Waa Island for a few days. The weather prognosis doesnt look good but well cross that bridge when we get to it. At the moment, Im happy as the air is alive with the sound of helicopters, even to the extent of one being parked up in my neighbours yard for the night!
Anyway, just a shout out to a few others who are probably being inundated as well. Check in here and tell us your stories, let us know that youre ok or not! :)
Hows the road to Narrabri? Got a friend living in between there and WEE Waa!
Id say that the road up until you get to about 10 kms out of our town is alright. After that, its under water! ;D
After the water subsides. *;)Originally Posted by 6C7C70706B7E40787E731F0 link=1291637612/0#0 date=1291637612
Reminds me of my childhood.
I grew up in South Grafton and remember during one flood having to be rowed to hospital because of a bad bout of tonselitis.
Instead of the usual route via the road and bridge across the Clarence river, they merely rowed me in a straight line from South Grafton where I lived to the other side.
I lived only a few doors from the riverside and normally its about 500m across from that point.
One day Im going to calculate the increased volume of water from just a small section of the river there.
The number must be staggering.
I hope everyone comes through it OK.
We are going ok down here in Wagga but the next couple of days are the key, we have a heap of rain coming and no where for it to go. Hopefully it will all pass us by and the damage will be minimal, fingers crossed.
I was wondering how you were going in WW with all this water. It sounds that certain parts are in danger whilst others are high & dry. Shepparton is "as flat as a S##t carters hat" the water just spreads out & fills the streets :-?Originally Posted by 4E404D425543422C0 link=1291637612/4#4 date=1291690557
We have some pretty good flood barriers the next problem is that we now have no where for storm water to go as the drainage system goes into the river.
Anyone interested can see pictures complied here by ABC Riverina http://www.flickr.com/groups/abcriverina/.
Fingers crossed for all the businesses and houses that are in the lower areas.
Thanks for checking in, Moto...I was wondering how you were doing.
Contrary to current media reports...Wee Waa did not get evacuated today. Were still here and the water is now at the major flood peak, it is no where near the back of the levy at my place.
Seems odd that it could be flooding and horrible everywhere, except Sydney is having great weather! I even anaged to get myself sunburned today!
We are in Albury and the clouds are coming over thick and dark, could be in for a rough night ahead.
Just think what might have been here in Wagga Wagga if the motion to " Remove the Levee Banks for asthetic reasons " was not defeated by one lonely vote last year.
I shudder to think where we would be now if that vote went the other way. Paddling to work maybe.
No sign of rain here:
Not really... ::) Its a big country...we dont all always share the same weather you know... ;)Originally Posted by 0032362738393F323633570 link=1291637612/8#8 date=1291709693
Well most of the above places make the list of "delivery delays" that Star Track Express just sent out.
Sorry for the late coffee in those areas... Please keep your feet dry and Im afraid you are going to have ration your remaining stash until the trucks can get through again.
Star Track Express... tonight:
We are currently experiencing heavy rainfalls across parts of NSW and QLD. The following areas have been impacted and we are experiencing delivery difficulties as listed below.
All deliveries will be attempted but deliveries are now running 4 days behind
Wagga Wagga Branch:
The only area affected by the floods is East Wagga Wagga. This area is unserviceable with around 50 deliveries being held at the Branch. All customers have been notified and are organising to pick up their freight or redirect to another location.
The 132345 number is not available at the moment and the Emergency Plan has been activated.
The Dubbo Shopping Centre is unserviceable and no deliveries will be attempted until further notice.
Wee Waa is unserviceable and no deliveries will be attempted.
Heavy rain falls are expected across these areas later in the week with the possibility of further delays to deliveries.
We apologise for an inconvenience that this may cause to your business.
Weather update, thanks to some great work by the council SES and emergency services damage to Wagga has been kept to a minimum. Massive numbers of roads closed after lots of rain overnight but so far so good very little flooding of homes and businesses.
Now the bad news, lots of rain has been dumped upstream and we now just have to see what flood levels get to this time.
Hopefully they can keep it in check Moto.Originally Posted by 656B66697E6869070 link=1291637612/13#13 date=1291864344
Below is tonights Star Track update which includes the Wimmera now...
Due to extensive flooding, we continue to experience delays to the delivery and pickup of freight in the following areas:
Mannum (South Australia), Wimmera area including Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Halls Gap and Avoca (Victoria). Due to worsening floods Canberra is experiencing significant delays. Wagga Wagga (New South Wales)
Due to high level flooding in Tarcutta NSW, the Hume Highway was closed in both directions in the early hours of this morning causing late linehaul into Melbourne, Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Canberra.
Whilst this disruption to service is outside our control we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Just to maybe make yall feel a bit better about your weather heres what were expecting here this weekend: A blizzard with temps of down too -30C with the windchill approaching -40C and up too 30cm of snow.
Java "Ya think maybe its Winter?!" phile
I had a client yesterday who works in a freight yard saying that some trucks are arriving with tide marks on the trucks 4 feet high, and with water sloshing in the cabs!
Better late than waterlogged!
Well, were still here.
Thats the way were going to be for the next 5 days too.
At the moment, we are Wee Waa Island and there is no way off it, unless you have access to a boat or a helicopter.
It is a bit frustrating being at this time of the year. Tuesday will be interesting with all our regular deliveries due. I can only guess that our goods will either be flown in or shipped in.
While we will try to maintain as normal a life as possible, please think of those who are truly unable to get off their farms or out of their homes and to work because the flood water is just too deep to negotiate, even in a 4wd with a snorkel!
Surely you know someone with a chopper. ;)Originally Posted by 33232F2F34211F27212C400 link=1291637612/17#17 date=1292155087
Sure do, TG...know several actually... ;) 8-)
Tonights Star Track Express road closure update...
We regret to advise that due to extensive flooding in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa, Warrego, Condamine and Central Western Queensland regions; we are experiencing unavoidable delivery delays into the following areas:
Areas west of Gympie, Kenilworth, Kin Kin, Tin Can Bay, Agnes Water, Bundaberg, Childers, Gayndah, Gin Gin, Goodwood, Goomeri, Munduberra, Murgon, Town of 1770, Woodgate, Birdsville, Blackall, Brookstead, Charleville, Chinchilla, Cunnamulla, Dalby, Drillham, Mitchell, Millmerran, Pittsworth, Quilpie, Roma, St George, Tambo, Taroom, Wandoan, Wyreema, Alpha, Aramac, Baralaba, Barcaldine, Biloela, Blackwater, Bluff, Capella, Clermont, Comet, Dingo, Duaringa, Emerald, Gemfields, Ilfracombe, Jericho, Longreach, Moura, Rolleston, Springsure, Tieri, Westwood, Winton, Woorabinda, Dysart, Middlemount, Moranbah and Nebo.
Roads to these areas are closed due to extensive flooding.
I hope CSrs in any of those areas are keeping their feet dry!
My Mother in Law was staying for Christmas and we packed her off back down to NSW on Monday. She made it 100km down the road to just before Warwick (Hi Mal!) and the road was blocked. She turned around and went back to the Driver Reviver about 5km back towards us on the road only to find out that theyd closed the road through to us as well, so she couldnt even get back to our place.
Fortunately she had friends with a property at Warwick who could four wheel drive out and collect her from the road and she at least had a comfortable bed for the night.
The sun is shining here today - I wonder how long it will last!
Gday Di.... :)Originally Posted by 4D6A7C6E76050 link=1291637612/21#21 date=1293668149
Were all a bit waterlogged (as you can probably imagine) but things are starting to dry out slowly. Some poor buggers have lost everything though and even with insurance, it takes a lot of recovering from. Were getting our mess sorted out and helping neighbours where we can but its going to be a long drawn out process for a lot of people.
Apparently more rain is on the horizon starting next Monday so will have to wait and see what that means when it arrives.
All the best mate and hope your Mum is safe and dry now.... 8-)
And its only December with the Summer season a long way to go. Looks like a very strong El Nina effect causing a wet season. Over east towards Chile and west to Western Aust. the El Nino has the influence.
All that moisture must be a factor in roasting result. In some areas roasting is a impossibility as priorities get in the way.
My thoughts with those affected. Keep you chin up and dont let your aussie spirit wane. You still have your health and loved ones. :)
WEE WAA..about to be isolated for 5 days by flood rains so the ABC radio news tells us.
Thinking of you scoota gal.
We know there will be lots of delicious coffees drunk in that time.
Our link to Qld via the Newell Highway is well and truly cut by flood waters.
We have only had 9mm here which is probably just as well as the harvest of the wheat and canola is well under way. Mother Nature sure moves in mysterious ways at times.
Yes, a bit bizarre that 12 months on were facing exactly the same scenario.
Though, Im not sure it will be as bad as theyre predicting, I see already that the flood peak prediction has changed and that will continue to as they really dont know how much water is coming. The usual thing of course...with all this technology, youd have thought that wed be better off knowledge wise by now but nope...same old same old...
So, ignore the dire news stories...its all good here, beautiful sunny day actually, not a cloud in the sky, the frogs are in full chorus, the grass is green and getting taller by the minute, there are beautiful water views (albeit brown water!) from my front deck and yep, its another day in paradise! :)
Thanks for thinking of us Herbie! ;)
Thats the thing though, with all the technology and stuff they have, Anything beyond 5 days is guesswork at most, Oh sure, theres modelling and stuff, but that fails to take into account just how chaotic weather patterns can get. Still, cant say were in a drought this year either.
Hope youve got a nice supply of Dry land and Coffee, Scootagal, I suppose theyve only just really fixed the roads from the last wet spell you had down that way too.
Stay dry!* :)
Nice to hear your feet are dry Scoots.... :)
We have been thinking about you the past week as we hear the daily flood reports. We are hoping you are high, dry and coping o.k. and drinking plenty of coffee. We would love an update on your current situation.
We moved to Brisbane as the rains began.
We were lucky to get here before the worst came.
Herbie and Herbiesmissus.
Thanks so much for thinking of me, it is appreciated!
Were doing ok here at the moment, mainly just watching the water rush past our back yards. To give you some idea, this flood is as big as the 1998 floods. They have been sitting around 7 metres for a few days now and yes, have completely isolated the town. Our supplies came in by a huge old army truck, circa 1950s today!! It is however affecting the businesses around town as we really are noticing just how much we do rely on the people who live out of town to support us, as much as those who live in town. This is the hard tough part of a long flood event like this one. I for one, sure hope my bosses try to get some assistance to keep their business afloat.
Last week, our coffee came in by helicopter! True story!
Tomorrow, I get flown out to Narrabri and then on to Moree where I get to spend a couple of days as an RFS Aviation Radio Operator, basically, I will be doing flight following duties. Ill get to have my own look at the flood!
Today, we had a visit by the Governor General. It was a huge morale boost to the town, I believe. Everyone turned out to either inspect the huge Navy SeaHawk or the Lady herself! What a beautiful person Quentin Bryce is! We have not had any one from government as yet bother to come and see our plight so to get the GG herself here was just amazing.
Thanks guys again for your kind thoughts. :)
Take care and good luck