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Wet, Wet, Wet!


Brisbane was, in effect, closed for business today. Our State Premier, bless her, closed us down mid-morning and 'suggested' that we all GO HOME. 馃憠

On other occasions, we might shower her with floral tributes, and even merrily voice our approbation, acclamation and commendation, at any unexpected opportunity to take a day off work. But this wet, dark, dismal, endless rain had literally dampened our spirits. 聽We therefore dragged our tails into our respective cars, trains, buses, and even bicycles, and made our not-so-merry way home, amid a brigade of brollies.

Closure and battening down the hatches was, we were informed pleadingly, in order to avoid further traffic mayhem on the already rain-ponded streets and thoroughfares, and to minimise later delay, frustration and accidents, as low-lying sections of roads and railways went under. 聽This also freed up the main transport arteries for access by emergency services. 聽An excellent decision and one which most organisations imposed on their workforce readily.


And so, while some in the outer suburbs enjoyed the rush of turbulent water down their streets;



others were in dismay at another round of flooding across the River City.



Cyclone Debbie (a seemingly harmless but misleadingly attractive name), only one or two days previously, had come ashore in North Queensland, a two day drive to the north of Brisbane, severely battering the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach, Proserpine, and surrounding areas; but, as the weather cleared and these rural communities woke to see the destruction and start to count the cost of the long, often soul-destroying tidy-up, Debbie had not聽eased her fury.

Now, relabelled as a tropical low pressure system, she was advancing across South-East Queensland, and when her wet tail hit Brisbane it still had plenty sting. Hell indeed hath no fury like this woman scorned.

Parts of the Greater Brisbane region had over 400mm (16 inches) of rain in 24 hours and others over 100mm (4 inches) in a few hours. The drains just can't cope and so creeks and streams burst their banks, and streets, backyards and whole blocks become swimming pools. 聽Drivers become impatient and try to run the gauntlet of the swollen roads, only to come to a halt mid-stream and, if they are fortunate, are rescued by the ever more patient State Emergency Service workers. 聽

This is in spite of the much publicised slogan:聽

If it's flooded, forget it!

Nevertheless, we are a resilient bunch, we Queenslanders. One thing we've learned to do is tidy up after a storm and to pitch in and help out our mates, whether they ask for it or not, and whether we know them or not. You see, in the Land Down-Under, it's either a drought or a flood, and when it rains ... it pours. Cyclones and their remnant offspring may test our indomitable spirit, but, in the end we know

She'll be right, mate! 聽She'll be right!



All Photographs, on this occasion, were borrowed from a long list of 'telling snaps' depicting today's action, and listed on the ABC News website. These press photographers, or unaffiliated free agents, were out there risking their equipment, while the rest of us were trying to keep dry indoors.聽


When not researching the weird or the wonderful, the comical or the cultured, the sinful or the serious, I chase my creative side, the results of which can be seen as selected photographs of my travels on my website at:

The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.

Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

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Ken Boddie

4 years ago #31

Thanks, Todd. I'll drink to that, but with a glass half full of anything other than rainwater. 馃槤

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #30

The pulverised pylons, Todd, were up in North Queensland, where Lady Deborah unleashed her full wrath on our infrastructure. This is where she came ashore as a Category 4 Cyclone (the scale we use in Oz is from 1 to 5, lowest to highest wind speed). Our damage further south, here in Brisbane and in the northern NSW areas, however, was mostly due to consequential flooding from unprecedented rainfall (up to 800mm in 24 hours at the last count) as, still in a 'hissy fit' she flicked her now 'tropical low' tail with a most unladylike flourish, before dispersing out to sea again. Unlike Debbie Harry (formerly of Blondie), this Debbie made no attempt to woo us with her pouty lips. There was no introductory courting and no enticing dinner date. Instead she came, she conquered, then she blew our socks off like a jilted jillaroo on a bucking bronco. This madam was no lady, but she made a lasting impression on the mainland.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #29

The speed which which repairs to infrastructure are carried out after natural disasters is the real test of public works departments, Praveen, and how effective our regional politicians are.

Lance 馃悵 Scoular

4 years ago #28

Just watching live reports on Channel 24. Memories of the 2010 floods. Keep safe.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #27

Entrapped runoff water in parts of the Gold Coast hinterland, Lance, has risen to unprecedented levels and is not likely to peak until late Saturday. The local SES is getting around in boats to pick up some residents trapped in rural properties. Looks like the final damage won't be revealed until sometime next week. Makes me wonder at what depth of water the recreational boat rules kick in, rather than the highway rules? 馃

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #26

I'm pretty high up, David, on the side of a hill, so Ken's Ark would be hard to launch unless sea level rises about 55m. And then there's the problem of getting building approval for constructing a livestock container in a residential area. That submission is likely to take up an entire meeting (or three) of the local Council planning committee. 馃槯

Lance 馃悵 Scoular

4 years ago #25

We have had more heavy rain in Sydney but nothing like in Northern New South Wales and Queensland. 鉀堭煂ю煂

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #24

Hi Ho Ken, I hope this finds you keeping afloat with the deluge of rain Australia has been having lately. Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular mentioned this to me in a conversation about two-weeks ago and I was astonished to see the images online and on TV. Perhaps you should start gathering animals and building an ark just in case, per the biblical figure Noah. I wish you well and good luck, mate!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #23

still lots of water this morning, Dean-san, where water shouldn't be! The bull shark tale is true incredibly. Not often we see one high and dry on the asphalt, though. The crocs normally get to them first. 馃ぃ

Dean Owen

4 years ago #22

Debbie is not without casualties:

Dean Owen

4 years ago #21

Very dry Ken-san, very dry!

Javier 馃悵 CR

4 years ago #20

Flooding , buzzing and swarming !!! LOL

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #19

Just a drop in the ocean compared to back in 2011, Ian. Thanks for the good wishes. 馃憤

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #18

Just a drop in the ocean compared to back in 2011, Ian. Thanks for the good wishes. 馃憤

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #17

Damn shame you guys got hit again Ken Boddie Hope the unwanted moisture dries out soon and you get back to normal.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #16

This lady didn't want our attention, Marisa. It was a case of wham, bam ..... and she didn't hang around for a 'thank you, ma'am'.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #15

It's still raining cats and dogs, Pascal, but at least that woman scorned is heading back out to sea.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #14

I'll hazard a guess, Dean-san, and suggest perhaps someone gave them a towel? As for the human names, the full destructive force of a storm called Rover or Tickles just doesn't seem to cut it. 馃ぃ

Marisa Fonseca Diniz

4 years ago #13

The fury of nature against the human, we must pay more attention to what we are doing with nature and how it is responding.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #12

More like ex-Dallas dropouts, Sara. 馃

Dean Owen

4 years ago #11

Must be cool to call yourselves Queenslanders! Better than Queenies! Looks like ideal conditions for a commute! I'd love to be able to swim to work. I do think we should stop naming these storms with human names. Oh, what ever happened to that Scottish band Wet Wet Wet?

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #10

Flooding and dealing with its consequences is not a nice experience hopefully you got thru it now :-)

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #9

#7 #8 I feel like I'm intruding on a guy's bonding group :-)

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #8

She did indeed, Paul ..... but now I feel used and abused. 馃槩

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #7


Paul Walters

4 years ago #6

Ken Boddie Ah debbie does Queensland...can't be all bad !!!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #5

Don't worry too much about us in Brisbane, Sara, but I'm sure the guys and gals in NQ who've lost roofs and, in some cases, almost everything, would appreciate a little divine intervention.

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #4

Glad to hear from you Ken Boddie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the communities at this time. You guys indeed are "a resilient bunch"!!! Take good care.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #3

Thanks for your concern, Kev. I find it hard to breath below water, and even harder to take photos, so I'll take your kind advice. 鈽傦笍

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #2

I was wondering how you were impacted by Debbie's wet wrath... You've answered my question. Keep that camera dry Ken. The photos are great. You stay above the waterline too.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #1

Thanks for the share, Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee 馃憤

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