Floods... suck major arse!
I should know... I've lived in Northern NSW for about 6 years now and I've spent my fair share of time a prisoner in my own home while the roads around me close, one by one, until there's nothing left to do besides pull a six pack out of the fridge and a deck of cards from the junk draw and play some snap.
We are coming up to our 2 year anniversary of moving to Nambucca and last year alone, I saw the river flood around 4-5 times. It's a bizarre thing to watch... Water, water every where... Trees flying past being thrown around like a leaf, dead livestock washing up on the beach, the sea turns a lovely shade of brown and there is caramel coloured foam as far as the eye can see. High tide hits and town becomes an inland lake. Then as quickly as it comes, it recedes. Leaving behind a damp, wet, muddy path of destruction.
This time round, it's not my little town of around 10,000 batting down the hatches... it's the third largest city in Australia. Not just a few hundred people in the low lying area's of the Nambucca Valley - but thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people, displaced for what could be months and months and months. Devastating is an understatement!
I've been blown away by just how thoughtful and caring people can be... The amount of texts, phone calls and emails I've received, asking if I'm okay, has been overwhelming! This morning I got an email from a complete stranger who'd just stumbled across my blog and was concerned for my safety. And just now, another from the lovely 'Seattle Heather'. Sweethearts!
I've had many a drunken conversation about the humanity of people... that the world is a good place, full of essentially good people (some of which do bad things from time to time) and on many occassions I've been told I'm niave to think that. But I'll stick to my theory... my world is a good place - overflowing with great people... and in hard times, these great people do extraordinary things.
Humanity always surprises me... unfortunately, so does Mother Nature.
My thoughts are with everyone affected - including my family, friends and work collegues.
As someone wise once said... but for the life of me I can't recall who... Woah - you know what? I think it was Bill Rancic (please don't tell anyone I watch Guillana and Bill!)
Everything will be alright in the end... and if it's not alright, it's not the end.