Cue 'choral music'. 2 cm. That's it. The sludge came within 2 cm of all the ground floor units.
How powerful are your prayers.
With ambulances and police demanding his attention, in the evacuation phase, Warren, our apartment manager, took my desperate phone call, and despite the predicted 5.5m river peak (which would have seen the water up to the top of the corner light in the picture) and the possible futility of it all, let himself into my unit and put my chair up on my bed. Warren you brought me to tears this morning when this scene greeted me.
..and this reduced me to a blithering, blubbering mess.
Across the road
This is what my neighbours are dealing with. Not just flood sludge but with a dash of sewerage. The smell is putrid. All the sewerage drains in the centre of our street exploded. Our street is now closed as it is sinking.... huge sink holes full of rubbish bins and s**t.... literally.
Directly across the road. We are about 50cm higher. My beloved apartment neighbours, who I am camping out in the hotel with, now joke about "our grassy knoll" and how it saved us... cue choral music again.
Our apartment is to the right. The river is at the top of the screen.
The entrance to our complex's underground garage. It was full. See the water mark on the steps to the left?....that's the entrance to the office. The ground floor apartments to the left of the steps start at that water mark. The carpark was still 3/4 full of water and s**t when we were there this morning. There will be no power, water or phones for 2 weeks. Everyone has moved out. The utility switchboards are under that 3/4 volume of water. Once cleared, everything has to be rewired. This is gonna be a slow process. I have shipped the boys off to Grans and I am lining up floors to sleep on for the next 2 weeks.
I am checking out of the hotel tomorrow to go back and do this with my neighbours.
Thanks for getting them for me Gran!
I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your offers of help and support. You are the most generous, loving group of friends a girl could ever wish for. I will answer all your emails over the next few weeks, while I am camped out in various residences! Denise - you're first.
I will load up more photos of our travels this morning tonight... if I have the energy. Or maybe not. I think I might chill out and have a champers tonight.
Update: Thank you everyone for your lovely words. We are thrilled beyond belief that we were spared. I truly thought our place was a goner. Thank goodness for the lower peak. But... my neighbours are struggling. If any of you locals have some wellies and want to pitch in, come down to the end of Montague Rd, West End, tomorrow, near Albertos Shot Coffee Shop. You'll see all the food and coffee tents set up for the volunteers. Get chatting to someone and you'll find your path for the day. I can't wait to meet a neighbour I have never met. Many hands.
Oh and bring masks and thick gloves.... E.Coli... yuck. A-M xx