From raindrop to river …
You know, we’ve had more than our share of rain here lately. This is not a news flash. I feel like I have talked about little else over the past month!
Today, I thought I’d share part of our inspection tour, as we try to assess what needs doing most, and when we can start.
Following the water from rain drop to river, if you wish…
Gumboots on? Ready?
This was taken yesterday afternoon – as waters were rising once again. This is a gully that normally sits silent. The water was fairly roaring through the two big concrete pipes which run under the road.
This was the other side of the road, as the fence hung gamely on despite enormous water pressure… sitting about three metres above it’s normal level in the bottom of the gully.
This was the view of our Little Bridge. Or rather, lack of view. Running around two metres above bridge height…
This was taken this morning, as the creek subsided (although not yet below bridge level) and was much calmer.
If something looks a little odd about this photo, it could be because Cal (our jackaroo on right) is normally about seven inches shorter than my husband (left). I believe Mother Nature (in the form of a lot of silt deposited on the bridge) was giving him a lift.
Here you can clearly see the enthusiasm on their faces as they contemplate the multitude of fences ripped asunder by this creek… and other gullies…and the river.
Neither had completely lost their sense of humour though, as we see here in Mr Incredible’s mock ‘Well Cal, nice knowin’ ya, we’ll see ya later’ pose here.
Cal’s Dad, however, came up with the winning caption (and imaginary conversation) between the two …
Mr Incredible: Towns that way.
Cal: Come back with beer – I’m not 18 yet.
Mr Incredible: You will be by the time it stops @#$%&* raining!
(Cracked us all up here!)
This afternoon, we went for a drive to see what was happening with all our runoff, after it had wiped out our fencing again.
And here is what we found…
A very large dam wall, with enormous amounts of floodwaters surging over it.
I think the measure was around two-and-a-half metres (14 feet) over the spillway…
I know it was deafening and the spray shot around 15 metres in the air as it hit the bottom. It will join the Burnett River further downstream and head out past Mundubbera and Gayndah towards Bundaberg after that. (Sorry guys, know you are all over our runoff by now!).
I have to say, the power of water is a truly astonishing/beautiful/frightening/devastating thing.
Don’t you think?
What’s the weather been doing to you lately?