No, it was not Nepal, Fiji or any of the other natural disasters that have happened all around the globe. This was in our own little corner of south-east Queensland.
For a couple of hours last Friday a small area, including where I live was hit by torrential rain and significant flooding. 5 people lost their lives as they tried to drive through flooded roads. Cars were washed away, people were stranded and public transport was disrupted. Our road was almost impassable in places due to driveways that had washed away leaving large rocks and piles of gravel on the road.
A retaining wall collapsed and at least one residence was inundated with mud and water that cascaded down the mountain with unprecedented speed and force. The lake which forms in our backyard formed and reached capacity within 2 hours whereas it usually takes a couple of days of steady rain to fill. The force of the water moved large concrete blocks several metres and washed our recycle bin from its regular position.
The next morning was perfect – blue sky and not a breath of wind. So strange.