Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Day After the Flood.











Things look a little different this morning - not better just different. The water level has gone down and the stream is now cutting it's way through the debris to the small spillway which allows it to run under the bridge.

We still have a track down the hill across the bridge and up the other side - this leads to our 2 Avocado blocks and one Kiwifruit block and a bush area.We will need to get some truck loads of metal ( gravel / stones ) to lay either side of the bridge where the water washed some away. But for now at least we have access. Our pipeline to our water supply has gone! DH went up there this morning to look, and says it is fixable when things dry out. An area about the size of 2 football fields has slipped down the gully - and most of it is now in what used to be our pond.( this is all going to be expensive! )
You remember the photo a few posts ago of me sitting on my red seat - if you kept going behind that tree down a steep bank to the bottom of the valley, that is where the stream is that fed into the pond.
Now today's photos: 2 at the end show the pond / dam a few years ago when we had an open garden. You can see people coming down to the waters edge at the top end of the clear blue water.( that is looking from the bridge across the water )
The other (top )photos show it today - the brown dirty mess.( all 4 photo taken from about the same spot ,can you recognise it? )

11 comments:

Isabelle said...

Wow. What varied weather you do have down there at the other side of the world! Scary. Hope you're ok.

YankeeQuilter said...

I'm glad at least you are safe...did it damage the orchards as well as the irrigation system?

Guðrún said...

This is awful.

Molly said...

Glad you are safe! Isabelle is right! You have some extremes of weather down there. Sorry to hear you lost so many beautiful trees, but the main thing is that you are safe and your house wasn't damaged....Good luck with the clean-up!

Sooziii said...

So glad you and R are okay after all the rain!

Pixie said...

Oh, no I can't believe it's the same spot. amazing that 4 hours south we had none of that kind of rain. I shall get on with my own little garden and shan't complain any more. Fascinating pix as usual, it's so good to see through your eyes.

meggie said...

Oh Ali, I am there with you. I hope all pans out in you favour. Hugsxx

Lynda (Granny K) said...

So sorry to hear about the flooding. Hope all goes well for you. Hugs, Lynda

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, how sad. I'm sorry you lost your pond. Mother Nature is sure hard on you Aussies!

anne bebbington said...

Mother Nature can have such impact - but harder to swallow when assisted by the actions of your earth working neighbours - water is such a powerful force - thank goodness you are both ok

meggie said...

Oh Ali, I am so upset for you! My brother told me the BOP had been hit by a weather bomb, as they seem to call it these days. It would seem the quarrying may have added to your devastation. I really feel for you. So glad your house is safe, & your fruit.