gillpolack (gillpolack) wrote,
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By about 10 am today, Canberra had received (as the news delights in pointing out) nearly the amount of rain it receives for the whole month of March in an average year. March is one of our wetter months, normally, so we're talking about quite a bit of rain. At least one town in the highest mountain range in the country has been evacuated. Queanbeyan has enormous numbers of road closures: it's not a NSW thing - a chunk of Queanbeyan was built on a flood plain. And my Queanbeyan friends are probably already tired of my jokes about the cemetery releasing bodies into our main lake again (it happened once and ever since then Canberrans have made jokes about it - we are cruel people).

This is the same rain that started days ago. The weather bureau says that it will continue until Saturday, but I suspect the worst will be over today. I hope so, I had plans to see Queanbeyan friends and go shopping with them on Saturday! The shopping was for basic larder-fullness, so if we can't do it I shall have to do some strategic planning and shop every couple of days for a bit (which will wreak havoc with work, since shopping by myself takes so *long*): I can't carry much and so I fill my larder with the help of friends or with a homeshop and then do top ups - when things fall through, it becomes more than a nuisance. At any rate, it's too early to tell if Saturday will need rearranging, because we are very high (altitude, nothing to do with our local drug laws, which are more lenient than those in Queanbeyen-on-the-flood-plain) and so our floods tend to run off fairly quickly.

All this means that life is mildly interesting because of the weather. Queanbeyan and Canberra will both be fine in a few days but downstream there are quite different landscapes. We're the highlands for the Murray River and so all my friends who live downstream have an interesting few days ahead. They already have an interesting time now, given that the rain is part of a 2000 km band that's been working its way across the region for days. The wetlands will be super-saturated, the farmlands will be inundated, and Adelaide might mistakenly think that the Murray has a genuine outlet to the sea through their fair city.

My personal stake in this? (apart from so many friends and their folks being affected, that is, and not thinking of my desire to eat) I'm barely down the road from the bit of Canberra where flood fatalities in our modern history occurred. I'm don't live at the lowest point in the Woden valley, but I'm on the lower slopes leading down to it. Last time there was big rain, I watched as the drains were covered and big plops indicated their presences under a foot of water. So far this week, though, the rain has been hard and heavy, but not quite so hard and heavy that the drainage system hasn't carried it away quickly. The folks downstream are suffering and the folks in the mountains are suffering and the folks in Queanbeyan are possibly questioning their location, and more and more roads are closing in our fair city, but I myself am currently quite fine.
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