Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rain Rain

Sorry to have been silent for the past week and thanks to all who sent their best wishes to me.  I started the new job last Monday and it looks like being a challenging and interesting role.

Last night after leaving work Raels and I decided to drive down to the block, not because we've started building yet, but because there has been a fair bit of activity in the street and we're interested in watching how things progress.   At the time we left the city the skies were dark and threatening but the roads were still dry.   We had a good run along Dandenong Road.

We turned off onto the Franston Dandenong road and it started to rain.  After getting to the South ZGippsland Highway and crawling along in bumper to bumper traffic and driving through a storm we later found out dumped 178 mm of rain, or around 7 inches in the old scale, in an hour on Lyndhurst, right where we were we came across this.   The photos were taken on a very slow shutter speed in near darkness but you'll get the idea.

Eventually the police blocked the road behind us and we were able to drive out.  Even so we still had a few detours past flooded roads and eventually made it home around four hours after leaving work.  Needless to say we didn't get to the block.

We live on the side of the Dandenong Ranges in Ferntree Gully and this morning here was the situation at the bottom of our driveway.

And there is more rain to come later today.  What amazes me is that there are idiots who still drive as if the roads are dry.   4wd and late model utes are all driven by bloody idiots.  Raels has some more photos on her blog Destination 3977, and Kylie, a friend of ours on the estate where we are building has posted pictures of the estate this morning on her blog Ky's Big Adventure.

This afternoon we are supposed to be attending Raels brothers wedding in Mornington.  Let's hope the rain eases and we can get through.


Reinsey said...

Let's hope indeed!!!
I've got my eye on that bouquet Loz...unless my dragon of a daughter beats me to it :) :) (only kidding) (sort of) xx

JTS said...

Hoping you made it safely thru the flood waters and Reinsey got her bouquet! ;-)

Cate said...

Holy cow - I was coming along the Frankston Flinders road at about the same wasn't it??

And as for the weather on the should be fine (although you're probably on the way already!). Apart from a deluge earlier this morning it has cleared to drizzle.

Summer. Hellooooo. Where aaaaare yoooouuu?


JY said...

Hope everything goes well!

River said...

Hmmm, had a drop or two of rain have you?
Kidding....I hope no more flash floods happen. Enough is enough.

Marja said...

Wow that is flood. Happy you are all right. I just read about the horrible rains at an another Melbourne blogger. The weather has been extreme all over the world. I hope it will ease but global warming might be at the roots of all this.

meleah rebeccah said...

Glad to hear your new job's been keeping you busy. And HOLY FLOOD! I've never seen anything like that before! Stay dry, my friend.