Saturday, March 07, 2009

Extreme Flooding.

9" of rain since it started this time.That's on top of the
7" last weekend.
We used to have a dam ( big pond / little lake ) ........not any more. We now have a gully full of debris, mostly washed down from the Quarry Park behind us.( they did BIG earth works recently!!! )

Blogger is being strange - but I will try and get photos up to show. ( some before some now )
Heavy rain and thunder has just started again after fine all day.
We had to hire a digger to try and clear our bridge and save the dam / bank/ crossing, he came promptly and has left the digger here in case we need more done. We are so grateful.

We have lost so many native trees.......the saddest one is the one we planted at the millennium - a Kawaka ( libocedrus plumosa ).

Kauris, Rimus, Kowhai ...lots more all gone. In there place we have mud, rocks, old tree stumps, whole dead trees. More photos tomorrow , I'm pretty upset right now.

Note: our house and kiwifruit vines etc are not hurt. We are safe.

What a hell of a day. ( the night was plain scary; we could hear trees crashing and rocks rolling and smell earth so strongly - no wonder!)


Jennifer said...

I hope everything is OK for you - extreme weather (flood, fire, whatever) can be frightening.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

My thoughts are with you...sounds quite frightening. Glad you and your home are ok.

Guðrún said...

This is terrible, I hope nothing more has happened. I am so glad you are both ok (and your kiwis).

Diana said...

Ali, I am so sorry. I hope you and your family remain safe.

Fiona said...

Such a shame to lose the trees, and it all looks such a mess. At least the house and farm are okay - fingers crossed for you that there is no more torrential rain.

Joyce said...

Sorry to hear about your flooding. It looks scary and the sound of trees crashing is definitely frightening. Glad to hear that you are ok.

meggie said...

Oh hell Ali, I had no idea how dire things were for you! MY brother told me you have had a storm bomb. whatever the hell that is??!! My thoughts are with you!!

MargaretR said...

You are having a dreadful time at your lovely farm. My thoughts are with you Ali. Does this affect you as much as it seems?