A very soggy Christmas

We spent Christmas in Central Queensland, with The Dad’s family, and very nice it was too.  All the uncles and aunts and grandchildren and grandparents in one noisy, happy, food-and-present-laden place together.

But oh my goodness, the rain.  It did this:

flooded recreation area

… and this:

more flooding

By the next morning, the water had risen over the pictures and one line of text.  Just a few days later, the entire sign is under water, and the floods are still rising.

After a soggy but celebratory week, we waited anxiously at the regional airport, as lightning flashed and thunder boomed around us, and the rain was so heavy that we couldn’t see the other side of the runway.  It had been raining off and on (mostly on) the whole week, but this was the worst storm yet. The kids were kept entertained by the various frogs basking in the humidity of the airport viewing area.

[I thought I’d put a photo here, but I don’t have one.  Hopefully one of the aunts or uncles will send one?  They were very cute frogs.]

Finally, the rain eased and the sky lightened, and we could see… a lake.  I wondered whether the airline would have to send a float-plane to get us.  But no, it all drained away, and we left only half an hour or so late.

That airport is closed now, as water from the floods threatens the runway.  Hundreds of thousands of people in Central Queensland have been affected – some evacuated, many cut off.  There are power outages and predictions of food shortages as air and road links are drowned.  It’s cruelly ironic that last time we visited, the region was in the grip of a terrible drought.

Our CQ family live on a hill, and won’t have their houses flooded, but their friends and colleagues doubtless will.

Spare them a thought, this month – it’s going to be a tough few weeks until the water recedes and things get back to normal.

There's a picnic area under there somewhere...

The place I stood to take this picture is now under water, too.

© UpsideBackwards 2011.


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6 Responses to “A very soggy Christmas”

  1. L Says:

    Wow, thanks for the pictures and info. Glad you and your family are ok. Yesterday morning (I think?) the captain mentioned the flooding and said that the area flooded was the size of France and Germany put together. I’d been away from the news, so I didn’t realize that this was happening now. Sending good thoughts.

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      Ooooh yeah, how’s the cruise going? You really need a blog :0) Love to you and the family… Happy New Year!

      • L Says:

        Sorry for the short out-of-place comment!! was holding m…

        love to you and your family as well. happy new year!

        I loved the cruise. though weather affected us a bit too. we had to skip milford sound and all the sounds. We were both looking forward to that part of it, too… the captain said it was only the 2nd time in 7 years of doing this that the weather was so bad we couldn’t go in there.

        Cruising isn’t R’s thing, so I probably won’t be able to get him to go on another one for 15 years…

        M was hugely popular. rock star popular. and he got his upper 4 teeth, and started crawling and pulling himself up. So it’s been eventful all around…

        It was fabulous to see NZ from the water. I loved it. Missed you, though.

  2. Adventures with Alex Says:

    Your post popped up while I was looking under “travel” tags, but if it makes you feel better, Christmas in California was plenty soggy. From the pictures not nearly as bad, but there were flash flood warnings during our Christmas eve dinner!

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      Thanks for the comment! I did hear about the CA flooding, but have to admit we weren’t paying too much attention at the time. I hope all is well now, and the clean-up is progressing. Some parts of CQ expect to be under water for up to 3 weeks, I hear…

  3. L Says:

    we’re back! I loved it. 🙂

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