Fortunate, This Time!

The rain was relentless, and the residents of Bremer Waters Village at Moores Pocket were anxious, fully aware of the consequences that had been experienced before, not that many years ago in 2011.

Many eyes were watching the progress of the water as the swollen Bremer River gradually moved from the confines of its river pathway to slowly envelop the neighbouring bank area.

The tall gum trees had seen it all before, had survived the rushing torrent of water that seemingly had one goal, and that was to get to the sea as soon as possible.

At the start of the journey, the river, with its high banks, forced the water to flow rather quickly, but with the massive amount of rain falling and spreading across the land, it then slowed to a gentle movement and rose to challenge the minds of those affected by the event.

Over the next few days, as the river neared it’s peak, many of the residents had formulated the route they would take should evacuation of their home be the outcome. With the outflows from Wivenhoe a constant concern, especially at night, not many had a good night’s sleep, and I suspect many questions remained unanswered at the time.

Most of the elderly residents, by now at least 10 years older than when they experienced the 2011 flood peak, were probably more concerned as to how they were going to react to the physical aspects of being able to manage the situation.

Fortunately, many had adult children only too willing to help. They had seen it all before, had learned valuable lessons in 2011, and were prepared for the worst.

Following the news broadcasts and the information available on Google, there were many who were tracking the progress of the event, working out what path the flooding would take and their ultimate reaction to the situation.

Some decided to go early, some packed valuables higher up on shelves, while others stayed to get the measure of its peak time, hoping for the best, getting ready to move if they had misjudged the timing.

This time we were fortunate!

Throughout our lives, we go through difficult situations. Many trials befall us, and these blips on our lives change our perspective of things, make us evaluate how we manage the situation we find ourselves in. Whether it’s a flood, bush fire, COVID, a family tragedy, accident or illness, our lives change. A former prime minister was once quoted as saying “life wasn’t meant to be easy”.

We live in one of the best countries on this Earth. Savour the fact we don’t have wars or an aggressive neighbour wanting to take our land from us. There may be setbacks in our lives. We have to deal with them, it’s what makes us stronger. Tragedies bring people together and we often find out that there are many wanting to assist.

We only have to ask.

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