Monday, March 5

wet, wet, wet.

This isn't one of those usual, I wish it would stop raining its been such a crap summer posts. In fact, right now the weather where I am is glorious. Except. I'm not at my house, we've been evacuated. With the river predicted to reach 10 metres, that means our house is going to get wet. Wet, wet,wet.
I spent most of yesterday pretending it wasn't happening. It was too annoying, too unfair and too unlikely. Everyone had said it wouldn't be as bad as the 2010 flood, and anyway, floods aren't meant to happen every 2 years, they happen every 20 years. In 2010, North Wagga got cut off and water inched up to the top of the levee banks, but it didn't make it over. All that moving, all that evacuation, it was all okay, not even a clean up needed. At 5pm yesterday, the SES realised it was going to be worse than 2010, and that means the levee could overflow.
We got most of our stuff out of our house in about 2 hours. Everyone was helping everyone else on our street. Two family friends rocked up to our house with their ute and burly son, and said "Hello we haven't seen you since you were a little little girl, what shall we move?". They took a lot of our stuff (including the smeg and piano!) up to their garage right on top of a hill. They just jumped in and did it, I was dithering and still telling myself, "Well we might have to evacuate but I'm sure the water won't come over, it'll be fine."
When we arrived at our (very new!) friends house in central Wagga at 10pm last night, I had a wave of panic. Crap. We should have gotten everything out. Stuff that was deemed not important and replacable has just been put up higher, but not 3 meters higher. It's okay. We are blessed in so many ways. We have beautiful friends to stay with - who even ave a super big and secure back yard for our Lola, we have insurance. We have each other. It's okay. It's just a freakin' bummer.
So, now we play the waiting game. Waiting for the river to peak, waiting for the water to subside, waiting to see what the damage is. Despite the annoying thing that we only just unpacked, we have so much less to loose. We only have a months worth of gardening to loose, only one rooms new paint job. It's gonna be fine. It's gonna be fine. It's gonna be fine.

{Pictures filched off the SES facebook page for the Riverina. The second is of the dam which is overflowing.}


  1. I've got everything crossed for you that the peak isn't as high as predicted. It must be awful having to pack up and leave and hope everything stays safe and dry. Thinking of you. x

    1. Oh - and thank goodness for community pitching in at times like this.

  2. Oh man, I'm so sorry that this is happening to you guys and all everyone else who lives nearby. I saw this on the news - didn't realise you were in the region. The waiting game must be awful. Please keep us updated. Sending you love and hugs.
    Ronnie xo

  3. Poor thing! Let us know how it turns out - although in sydney, I don't have tv so I don't keep very up to date with these things!

    I remember my huubby and I and pregnant belly driving home from our 9 month stint in adelaide (which brought my fellow blogger and I together) and it was dec 26th 2010 and wagga still had water everywhere, no one around (we realised after they must have evacuated) and all the fences had debris up against them from when water had rushed through them. Crazy. Hope it doesn't get to that!


  4. hello my little light. What an unfortunate weekend it was all round :(. I'm sending some Sanki love and let me know if I can send anything else that you may want or need. I'm just glad y'all are safe... and it's made me think about taking those swimming lessons I keep putting off...

    Ciao bella!


  5. lots of love to you all from us all in Wales - hope the water goes down soon, so glad you are safe - xxxxaunty Di

  6. Thinking of you and hoping that everything will be OK. A terrible experience for you both especially when you're new to the area but I'm pretty sure you'd be an 'every cloud has a silver lining' kind of girl and it really is an amazing (if very dramatic) way to get to know your neighbours and fast-track community-bonding isn't it?!

  7. Wow. I can't imagine how scary that is for you. I'm happy that you had help getting things together and that you have someplace safe to stay. I hope everything turns out okay!

  8. So sorry to hear you're affected by all this! Thinking of you.


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