We had some pretty heavy rain here on Monday, and many parts of the southern Illawarra suffered severe flooding.
Jamberoo was cut off from every direction – Jamberoo Road, on both the Kiama side and the Albion Park side of the town, Swamp Road, and Jamberoo Pass as well. The preschool had to be evacuated, with the kids taken next-door to the (higher) fire station. The primary school was cut off as well, and we thought our kids might end up spending the night there!
This photo by Linda Faiers from the Illawarra Mercury website shows the flooding in the main street of Jamberoo:
In the end, our kids went home with a friend’s mum and we were able to get through and pick them up around 7pm. It was eery driving around and seeing all the damage – trees and fences down, cars in paddocks, and grass and branches wrapped high up in trees and draped over fence wires, marking how high the water got.
Alan Baxter has also posted a great series of before and after shots on Flickr, showing the flooding around his property: first, second, third, fourth and fifth image. Some great shots there, that show just how quickly the water rose.
My neighbour Geoff posted some videos on YouTube of the flooding along our street, and our little bridge in the aftermath the next day. This first one shows the tiny creek that runs behind Geoff’s property:
Here’s the road. There’s a bridge under there somewhere:
And finally here’s the bridge the next day:
Our property is fine – no damage, other than a wet floor in the garage where the water flowed through briefly. Fortunately there wasn’t anything sitting on the floor that could get affected, so no real problems. The swale and the dams are full to the brim now, as are all the water tanks.
Not something I’d like to see again for a long time!