I haven’t the foggiest idea who said “be careful what you wish for – you might actually get it” Four serious thunderstorms in less than three days. That was fun!! A fair amount of property damage, serious damage to crops and structural damage all across the peninsula. Port Lincoln, at the bottom of the Peninsula, took the brunt of the damage but we took a fair hit ourselves with damage in the city center and the major shopping center. There was flooding all around the place – not the damage to houses and sandbag kind of flooding, but the streets and carparks were flooded with the storm drains unable to cope with the volume of water. There was also a lot of leaks in the roof of the new supermarket and several of the new shops were partly flooded with one still closed for repair. The
thunder abated and the lightening faded and the rain stopped and we thought it was all over. Poured again an hour after that and kept going until after midnight. That’s when much of the flooding took place. The morning was quite but by lunch it started again – another cloudburst and thunderstorm. That stopped about 3pm and we had a break until about 5pm when we got hit yet again. We had a shorter, smaller storm the following morning and according to reports we had over 63mm of rain in two and a half days. Eveything is still damp and wet but the good thing – the thing we should be thankful for – is that it was thunderstorms and rain – THERE WAS NO WIND. With that amount of rain a high wind would have been a disaster – these gum trees would have come down like they did some years ago. That was only light rain then but a very high wind and enough rain to loosen the soil. That would have been really serious. So it’s all been fun and games these last few days and like me, even people who have lived here their entire life said they had never seen anything like it. Makes you thankful that we don’t have a river anywhere near here.
Up here at my end of the town no flooding to speak of but the road and the gardens of the new houses are awash in water and mud. With only bare earth the workmen driving in and out – when they can – as well as people who have done nothing to the earth in the front of their houses, the area is like a giant mudbath. However it will dry out in time. At the moment when I have managed to get out with Benji, I have had to change shoes and wash his paws when we come back for our between storms walk. At the moment the damage to crops is still being assessed but reports are that it could run into $$millions.