Saturday, December 14, 2013

flood damage

We headed out to our family holiday home today. It had been hit by floods in June and today was the first time we’ve seen it since. It’s been a place of much happiness and family memory creation, so there was a certain trepidation, wondering what we would find.

We could have had a look in August, when we came back for dad’s funeral. But we had enough grief to cope with at that time and I couldn’t face looking at the bach.

The floods had certainly taken their toll, with over a foot of water through the entire house. Good friends and the insurance company have been hard at work in our absence. Carpet has been lifted and taken away, damaged walls have been cut out, repaired and then painted, new kitchen cupboards installed.

Today was about getting everything outside and sorting. Belongings too damaged in the tip pile, bedding to be washed in another. Every single dish and cultery washed, to remove silt and dried.

We did enough work today that we can move in tomorrow. The day was warm, perfect for drying. It’s hard to believe that six months ago, the entire place was inaccessible, with flood waters over two feet high over the entire village.

We’ve lost a lot of belongings. But we’re glad of insurance. And friends and family, who’ve done so much in our absence. And sunshine and gentle winds, which are so good at airing bedding.

Posted by steve at 06:07 PM


  1. Sounds like a huge day with lots to deal with. Hope the coming days are a little more relaxing for you all. I’m busy getting ready to head your way soon, will miss 3 very hot days in Adelaide this coming week.

    Comment by Jenny Brisbane — December 15, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Thanks Jenny. It’s been one more grief to face and process in a year of grief. So nice to be able to face it with the support of friends and family.

    Enjoy the cooler climes of New Zealand


    Comment by steve — December 17, 2013 @ 9:03 am

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