Aftermath


First up I would like to thank everyone who sent their good wishes and prayers not just to me but to all those who were in the path of Cyclone Ita.  It meant a great deal and really illustrated just how connected the world can be when we choose.  Things appeared quite bleak on Friday, especially for those in the Far North.

 

Making the most of it.

Making the most of it.

Even though there was extensive damage and flooding it appears, in the aftermath, that a great deal was spared major damage and as yet we have no loss of life. There have been injuries including an elderly man who unable to make it back to land was thrown from his boat and spent much of the storm clinging to the wreckage before he was able to crawl ashore.  Towns in the far north took the brunt as it crossed the coastline at Category 4 but by the time it worked its way to Cairns it a deteriorated to Category 2, although the winds and rains were still damaging. But in true Queensland style people were out and about the next day,surveying the damage, assisting in clean-up and skateboarding through flooded streets.

Whitsunday Coast Sunday

Whitsunday Coast Sunday

Here in Mackay we expected to deal with the tail winds and rain and the possible flooding once the runoff from the rivers made its way down south. However as nothing ever goes to plan we were in for a little more than we had planned for when the Cyclone reformed and proceeded down the coastline.  Fortunately, despite the wind and rains, it blew itself out over the water and is now breaking up over the Coral Sea.

Hope Vale ruined crop

Hope Vale ruined crop

Farmers further North have been able to assess the damage and for those that were in the direct path it was severe.  Entire crops of sugar cane ready to be harvested were destroyed either by winds or flooding and an indigenous community at Hope Vale close to the coastline lost its entire banana crop as well as many of the buildings in their enclave.  It had taken years to build this property to the point where it would supply enough profit to sustain the community and all who lived on that land and is a great blow to the people there.

Parts of the north are still unable to be accessed without a helicopter and will remain so until the waters recede.  Power and communications have also been destroyed and despite the emergency crews working around the clock it will be some weeks before it is restored to the more remote communities.

Ross River

Ross River

As for us, well we still have to wait to see if the flooding from Cairns and Proserpine will force our own waterways to overflow but at present the clean-up is fairly minimal.  My lemon tree and shed have taken a battering as have the new plants I had recently put in.  Apart from that there is very little to do here but others a little further North will need help for the next week or so.  Strangely I think I posted more this weekend than at any other point since I started this venture. It was I think to keep my mind from the fact that Cyclones can do very bad things and having lived through two major ones in the past five years I was not eager to experience a third.

Me yesterday according to my husband

Me yesterday according to my husband

Cabin fever had set in by Sunday as we were all trapped here by wind and rain, so when it turned out that my husband had ‘forgotten’ to buy cigarettes for himself [after I reminded him] and planned on smoking mine I was perhaps a little terse with him.  Oh alright I was guarding my smokes like she-wolf defending her cubs and according to him was just as scary.

In my defense I had not slept in nearly 48 hours and as such was a tad grumpy and not particularly understanding.  However a good nights sleep [well I got 8 hours it’s just that I didn’t go to bed until 3 am] and the world righted itself although I still didn’t feel the need to share my cigarettes. Petty I know but I never said I was overly enlightened with a sense of self-sacrifice, something to work on for the future I guess. Thank you for keeping me company this weekend as it made a tense situation that much more bearable.

36 thoughts on “Aftermath

  1. *Looks at you nervously handing you a pack* eaaaaaaasy now Jenni easy..here’s your pack! no hearts today! 😛

    I hope that everyone made it okay though but more importantly I’m hoping it won’t affect everyone too much in terms of economy and resources, I imagine cost of food going up somewhat because of it so.. 😦

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    • Yeah – I think it’s going to put a dent in things for some farmers who were only just getting over Cyclone Yasi but I think that this time the damage isn’t as wide spread. Also there are emergency packages for farmers so that they can rebuild after something like this.

      We’re still waiting for reports from some of the remote communities as communications and power are out and the road through the Daintree are impassable.

      Thanks for the smokes – I was a little ‘testy’ yesterday, a mood one may say but still not sharing them with him. 🙂

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      • Thank goodness for packages, Farmers work so hard to make a living and stay afloat, for them to be hit with this cyclone is just devastating.

        Hey you reminded your husband to pick up smokes, if he didn’t get it sooner then it’s on him muahahah 😛

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      • Exactly – the reap and sow arguemnt!! 🙂

        I’m very glad about the packages too as it is a hard life, working the land and the last couple of years have been tough on farmers in the north west as well as in the Burnett region.

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  2. Jenni,
    I’m so glad you gave us the opportunity to reach out with our prayers and well wishes. It was my pleasure to be with you as I’ve been through 4 myself, only one Cat. 4. Needless to say thanks for keeping us posted and my thoughts continue to be with y’all.

    No smokes can be hazardous to others for sure. Love the wolf……. 😀

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  3. Hey, great to see you survived more or less intact Jenni. It was quite an experience reading what you had written and knowing that there was nothing to do but pray. Thank you for your narration of the storm and for your courage in staying on-line when things were not looking good.

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    • Thanks – chatting to you and the others through this made a huge difference. I was quite scared at one point when it looked like Ita was going to go from a 2 to a 4 as it moved toward us. It didn’t which was good but still have everyone to laugh and post with made a difference to me.

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  4. So glad that you and yours are okay. You guys have been in my prayers. Terrible for the communities it wiped out and the crops that were destroyed. I hope there is government aid that will help buffer those damages. I understand about not wanting to share the smokes — I would be in the same boat! 😀

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    • I’m glad we’re ok too. There are emergency packages for the farmers in situations like this but it is more the depression of coming back from Cyclone Yasi, rebuilding etc and now this. Well we’ll do what we can to help those who need it, it’s all anyone can do at the moment.

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  5. I’m still laughing about the smokes. I always buy an extra pack during situations like those… all the snow storms this past winter. Hell, even for my day off I know the hubby will run out and then venture to my pack and since i dont plan on moving on my days off, i get testy. In fact, i do that for everything, food, snacks. I ask the hubby what he wants on my way home from work and i get double what he asked for and he always runs through it. Why can’t they just say how much they really want? Men. So frustrating.

    Glad everyone is safe and my thoughts are with you all as you deal with the aftermath.

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    • Thanks for the good thoughts and I should have known better than to not check that he’d remembered his smokes. He’s always a little vague about things like that so it was sorta my fault that we nearly ran out but no way am I telling him that. 😀

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  6. Excellent reporting during this event. I felt as if I were there. Also, a testament to the spirit and toughness of Australia’s people.

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  7. Oh, Jenni, how the hell did I miss this??? I’m so sorry I didn’t check online this weekend, and SO glad you’re all right. Now, I’ll be checking every day until things are calm and I know you’re completely safe. You’re definitely in my prayers and will stay there for the next few weeks. :-/

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    • Thanks – it’s those in Hope Vale and other communities in the far north that will need the assistance and help over the next weeks. We actually came out of it OK which is a huge relief.

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  8. Glad you made it through what I hope was the worst of it. We’re having flooding in the area as well, though I’m far uphill and probably won’t be affected, a state of emergency has been called close by. Best of luck to you with water levels.

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