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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by Dean
The Supplies must get through

The Supplies must get through

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The Big Wet  – Eight of 8ight

Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible!
Limited internet access, none yesterday at all and no mobile phone coverage. Good old Telstra!
There is lots of water up this way at the moment. The wet season is with us! With roads cut, bridges down and a bunch of tourists having to be rescued from the roof of their campervan that was stuck in a fast rising creek.
Quite a scary and expensive experience for them as their rental vehicle is a write off!

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by Dean

Who'l Stop the Rain?

It's Raining its Pouring

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The Big Wet  – Seven of 8ight

The English nurse God bless her has just rang me on her Sat phone she’s been out in the sticks all day holding a medical clinic at a roadhouse 150km due south.

Apparently she’s had an horrendous journey back and is soaking wet through. The creeks are rising and in places she can’t see the road for water.
It’s not much fun walking the creeks testing flood levels before driving through. She has a company 4WD but maybe an Amphibious vehicle would be more appropriate. The creeks she tells me are rising fast with all sorts of things being washed down including the odd backpacker in a Combi van!
All she wants is a hot shower when she gets home but I haven’t the heart to tell her that the septic system has overflowed again!

Queensland whats the saying?

Perfect one day bloody terrible the next?

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , , on February 2, 2009 by Dean

Memo to Queensland Government

Memo to Queensland Government

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The Big Wet  – Six of 8ight

This isn’t a bridge. Well it is if you liken it to the ‘Tarr Steps’ a prehistoric bridge built around 1000 BC in Exmoor, England.
C’mon Queensland it is the year 2009 after all. Is this the best you can do? A few slabs of prefab concrete chucked over the bed of the Einsleigh River. It is quite an important road after all. The road from Cairns to Broome it’s now cut as you can see. The causeway has been washed away in two places.

The wet season makes for an interesting time. This morning we drove a nurse out to the river so that she could be flown home via helicopter. Today there was no mail delivery as the truck couldn’t get through. We were cut off from the world both to the east and west. It felt reassuring.

We had another downpour last night, the aftermath of a cyclone that crossed into Queensland just north of Cairns. There’s something quite cosy laying in bed lulled to sleep by rain battering against a tin roof.
I couldn’t help but notice next morning that our house was surrounded by water again. It was the meeting of a cold rush of water against warm toes that gave it away as I opened the door to let the dog out. Sigh! We can’t use the toilet or shower again.
Its quite funny really, you have to laugh. I did and so will you too. I can hear you guffaw now. A sort of quick HA! Followed by a short resonant Typical! Please feel free to drop in your own Tut!

We have a visitor in town, an Australian who works in China on behalf of Aus Aid. I listened to his interesting stories and found it very ironic. Australia is providing all this aid to one of the most booming countries in the world, the same one that spent billions on hosting the last Olympic games.
Yes I laughed and wryly smiled to myself as I walked home through the mud in my wellies to my house without sanitation. C’mon Ox we’ve got work to do.

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , , , on February 1, 2009 by Dean

Storm Bin and Gone

Storm Bin and Gone

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The Big Wet  – Five of 8ight

But there’s plenty more on its way this is only the beginning so the locals tell me!
Fred. “I remember the big wet of 74 there were crocodiles swimming down the main street.”  Bill. “The pub was flooded we had to drink on the roof!”

“Yes and remember when we sent young Greg back down to the bar to get another round? He never came back, that big Salty must have took him”

“His mother was upset”

“So was I! Nearly died of thirst”

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , on January 31, 2009 by Dean
Saturday morning at the Outback Launderette

Saturday morning at the Outback Launderette

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The Big Wet  – Four of 8ight

Well the water level has receded considerably from the 5 metre levels of last week. So much so that it is now safe to wash your smalls in the river! Hang a line between two trees and voila! Your own carbon friendly dryer.

The flood level may have receded to 0.3 metres but the main road to Broome is still impassable as two chunks of the bridge have been washed away. You can see where in the picture above. The large mass of swirling water and at the far end where Jaws is poking his head out?

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , on January 30, 2009 by Dean
24 little hours

24 Little hours

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The Big Wet  – Three of 8ight

Well I hope the owners of this property have plenty of bread and milk in the larder, because they won’t be going anywhere fast. The two pictures were taken 24 hours apart. We had a deluge in the night, water water everywhere.

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Posted in The Big Wet with tags , , , , on January 29, 2009 by Dean

Mount Supplies

Mount Supplies

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The Big Wet  – Two of 8ight

Far North Tropical Queensland, the middle of the wet season.
Next time you nip in the car to drive 20 metres to your nearest Tesco spare a thought for the residents of towns cut off by the rising water levels. The shelves are running low and food is having to be air lifted in.
Actualy, no bugger them! Sling a 6 pack of Boddies in your basket and a frozen pizza and whilst you are at it I’ll have a carton of Fosters.

Third World country winge, moan winge. The bloody Septic tank has overflowed again and so I can’t use any water to wash up or shower.
As a whinging Pom some of you may say that we don’t shower anyway?
The wonderful experiences and joys of living in the outback and to think I could be sitting in traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for two hours listening to talkback radio. Yes the Outback definitely has it’s advantages.