In my last post I mentioned that we had never seen flood water come into our paddock. Naively I thought that would be about as high as it would get so we went to bed happily and slept well.
The next morning that water was up a bit more, but nothing too scary as yet.
Then it kept getting higher...
We played 'watch the gate post' and I took photos throughout the morning thinking each one would be the highest point.
I was wrong more than once...
It was at this point we decided that if the water reached the bottom of the retaining wall of the house we would shift everything we could upstairs and wait.
It got to within an inch of the retaining wall and stopped. We started breathing again at this point.
The fence post in this last photo is a good reference for how high things got. We had to move the round yard as there was over 2 foot of water flowing through that paddock and the water was already over the top of our gumboots as we pulled it down to move it.
It was such a strange feeling sitting here inside watching the water rise. We were poised ready for action if needed and we felt calm, but mostly we just sat and watched. As soon as the water started to go down I had to go to bed for a nap, I was emotionally exhausted, not that I knew it until that point
Today we can see the mess left behind. There are fences flattened and debris in places I wish it wasn't, but we got off relatively well and as such I won't complain.....
.....but I will hope that this was our 100 year flood, and that we don't see worse to come, even if they are predicting more rain in a couple of days.