Caught In The Flood With A Camera

It’s flood-time in Queensland and this year is a big one! Having lived through a few monsoons in Asia, I actually thought I had seen what heavy rain looks like – but then I got to Lake Moogerah

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Here we are in the speedboat, floating around on the lawn. Usually you have to walk a hundred meters to get to the lake from here. Weird. Our shack is on top of the hill.

For 3 days solid, the rain has been coming down relentlessly without pause, causing the lake that we live on to swell about 8 meters, from what I can tell. Thankfully our shack is sitting on a hill, so we are comfortably observing the flooding without fear of getting washed away.

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This is from across the lake at a holiday house area. A little more of a lake view than they bargained for perhaps.

Here in South East Queensland everybody is pretty much flooded in. We’re talking hundreds of square kilometers and hundreds of thousands of people having their neighborhoods washed over with the incredibly large masses of water.

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We are out in a speedboat, checking out the craziness, when suddenly we see a street lamp and realize we are on top of a road. Spooky not to know if there is a car we might hit underneath us..!

I remember watching the news about the Brisbane floods back in 2011 and that was real bad. Statistically, this area is going to be hit by floods of that size about once in twenty years. This is twice in two years. How about that climate change..?

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Imagine having your house flooded, knowing that it will take several days, not hours, before the water recedes.

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Then imagine your neighbors taking their goddamn speedboat out and going wake-boarding on your veranda! Notice the owner standing in there, waist deep in water, cursing at us for sending waves into his house. Sorry dude.

Aside from going out on the boat there really isn’t much to do around here during a flood. It’s rather similar to the feeling of slow immobility you have during a Scandinavian winter, where a movie night can last a week and outside is a dirty word.

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This is taken roughly around 4.30 am. Not that it really matters when the rain is hammering down on the 64th hour. Xbox saves the day, night, whatever…

Of course, every so often one does have to get out and get some fresh air. On this occasion, gills would have been useful for that end.

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Eyeing another opportunity for acquiring himself an injury, Anton realizes that he might be able to slide down the grassy hill in the rain. And so he did, making him the only grass-boarder in the world that I know of so far.

After much arsing about and doing fuck all, as we say, we decided to check out the dam here at Lake Moogerah. That’s where the overflow for the lake is supposed to guarantee a tolerable maximum water level.

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As you can tell I am well impressed with the scale of the overflow.

Normally the water sits at least 6 meters under the wall. But today it is just gushing out with thousands of liters a second. And still the rain is faster than the drain.

Normally the water sits at least 6 meters under the wall. But today it is just gushing out with thousands of liters a second. And still the rain is faster than the drain.

Now where did that image go?

Last time I was here, I saw a cozy creek-bed with picnic areas next to it. Now I wouldn’t last a minute in the roaring water frenzy. Water is awesome.

Right then, it’s back to hibernation mode for me for now. In a few days time, however it’s full on clean-up mode. I am curious to see what a lake leaves behind in your garden when it leaves… Ans speaking of leaves, I’ll leave you with this leafy swimmer, my favorite picture from this wetter than wet weekend.

a tree going for a dip in the lake

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