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Friday, July 22, 2011

This Week v's January







Mid January our river was at major flood levels and came within inches of over-topping the flood levy walls. Our town thankfully was spared, unlike many others which suffered major flooding during our Australian summer (some more than once).







This was the third major flood scare in our town within ten years. Definitely too close for comfort.







In fact, not too far from home the water was seeping through, inside the wall, being pumped out by a fire engine pump. Throughout the night we could not only hear the roar of the river but also trucks working, dumping multiple loads of dirt into a large hole which had mysteriously opened up, swelling with water near our street, inside the wall. Six months of continuous work later and our local council/government has only just this week finished replacing a lengthy section of older storm water drain which was failing.







We have decluttered more, changed insurance companies to one which includes flood cover, and become even more aware of God's grace in our lives. Our happiness, or indeed contentment, does not depend on having more, or fewer possessions but on knowing His peace and grace in our lives. I choose to be constantly grateful for all that is truly good and beautiful in each day, and of these things there is no end.

Sharing at Photo Story FridaySunday Bridges, PicStory Tuesday: Water.

21 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Very good pictures with nice compositions.

Greetings, Joop

Maia said...

What a beautiful post!
Unfortunately these beautiful pictures are so sad.

From time to time nature remembers us of its amazing power and hits without mercy, especially in your part of world.

Sivinden said...

Mother nature can be both terrifying and beautiful ...

Marianne said...

So viel Wasser...

Herzlichst ♥ Marianne

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

WOW! An amazing contrast in those pictures! Floods always scare me a bit, as we had quite a bit of damage at our old house- thankfully it never got into the house, just the basement and garage and water surrounded the entire house. Not fun to wake to rushing creek waters in the middle of the night, though. I am glad that you and your town were spared!

Jill said...

Wonderful documentation of a terrifying time.

liveinthebadlands said...

It is amazing how much destruction moving water can cause. We have had a lot of flooding here this spring/summer.

Lolli said...

Wow! Crazy how high the water got! It looks like it's gorgeous there right now. Great pictures!

Scott said...

Nice photos showing the difference in water levels. What a difference.

Evelyn said...

Flood is scary. Especially it's so close to home.

Woody said...

Those first two shot really tell the story, that's an amazing amount of water. Glad you made out OK.

Ann said...

you are reminding me of the terrible flood. Ihope it won't happen again

christopher said...

…Excellent photos, contrasts and acceptance of life on life’s terms.

TheChieftess said...

Wow...

Genie said...

These pictures really touch the heart. Seeing the children standing there watching the water rise is captured beautifully but on the other hand is so sad. I am so glad you were spared and that the area is getting back to normal. Nature’s Fury definitely visited this country last winter. A wonderful and historical series. Genie

Karin M. said...

Flood is a disaster for humans and animals ....
Your photos are you well done.
LG: Karin

Tina said...

What a contrast! Great captures :) Thanks for sharing with PicStory! LG Tina

Geli said...

... impressively beautiful, but also scary ... greetings from Geli

Kim, USA said...

Yes everyday is a gift from the GIVER of life. The flood does not look good. Good thing that you are spared. ^_^

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elke said...

Your photos are great - but the water...

lg
elke

Ms. Becky said...

your words are so uplifting and beautiful. the water was a scare to be sure, so thankful that you escaped its ravages. these photos are awesome - especially the one of the water just to the bridge. happy day to you.

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