Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wicked weather this way comes...

We've had some wicked weather this weekend, but thankfully things seem to have settled down. for now.

After the wettest August in something like 37 years, September's also come in with a vengeance. It seems that we got half of our monthly rainfall total in less than 12 hours, and it's due to keep up for at least the next week. We didn't fare too badly here, but there was some pretty wide spread damage in town, as well as nearby towns - Creswick and Clunes - really bearing the brunt of it.

Bo Peep Creek near Lake Burrumbeet

Bo Peep

Near Lake Burrumbeet

Western Highway heading out of town

The State Emergency Service advises that people should not drive, ride or walk through flood water and keep clear of creeks and storm drains. Now read that again... Slowly...
people should not drive, ride or walk through flood water and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

So this is what they do...

It's all fun and games, guys... until someone gets swept away!

Get away from me you young whippersnapper, or I'll hit you with my cane!

Now, I wanted to drive out and have a look at some of the damage... you know, take pics and all...
But the Old Guy? All the Old Guy really wanted to do was drive out to the surrounding lakes, to check to see if they were full.
For fishing purposes, doncha know.
We got out to Cancurran yesterday (okay I don't know if I spelled that right or not) but as soon as we drove down to the boat ramp and parked, about 6 other cars followed us. And before you knew it, there are like 10 other guys standing around discussing the fishing possibilities and sharing stubbies of beer.
In the pouring rain.
The women and children are sitting in the cars, while the men stand around drinking beers and pointing out the likeliest spots for Red Fin come warmer weather.




Brown Hill (a suburb of Ballarat)

Botanic Gardens, Ballarat

Just outside of town. I don't know if the pic will enlarge or not, but that's a guy on a horse trying to rescue his cattle.

That's it. I am officially declaring the drought over!

I think the guy next door is building an ark!


farmlady said...

Good grief!.... and didn't you have an earthquake too.
What's going on down there?

Marjie said...

Hey, we have a town called Avoca about 20 miles from here! And about 3 years ago, we had floods that looked like that. But I'm on top of a seriously big hill, so my feet stay dry no matter what.

Pam said...

Oh my gosh. We haven't had rain in four weeks! Send me some please.

HermitJim said...

Like most hings now days, it seems to be either feast or famine!

You be careful, my friend!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I live on the west coast and have seen rain before BUT THIS IS RAIN!! Stay safe and dry!

Homestay Mama said...

Wow, that's some serious flooding you've got going on there! I live high and dry and even if we do get lots of rain here in Seattle, I never have to worry about washing away! Stay safe, dear friend.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, my!!!!!!! That is SOME storm!!!! WOW!!! Be careful!!! You'll definitely be in my thoughts!!! Love the surfing shot...and fishing? ROFL...what characters!!! Hope things are drying out a bit now!! Love, Janine XO

GodLoveandBows said...

Your blog is cute... I love the layout and good pictures, too! Looks like a flood! Haha. Take care and God bless!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I have heard that You´ve gotten more than enough rain lately! But in a way I like that Aussi atitude, look for the best spots of fishing while the rain still keeps pouring down :-) :-)
Have a great day now!

Irregular Kiki said...

WOAH! That's the spirit, looking at the positive side of the flood, fishing! That was an enjoyable post.

Ola said...

incredible! we had also very heavy rains this year - 2 floods during one year this is definitely too much


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