Cedar Creek in flood

I noticed on the graph for the creek height (much further downstream than us) that the creek had hit 3m (usual height is about 50cm), so decided to toodle down the road for a peek.

Annotated Map here.

We're most definitely flooded in now, even the 4wd won't get out.

This video shows the closest bridge crossing (not one we need to cross to get out). Cedar Creek Rd itself is cut twice before the next bridge (which I couldn't get to due to the second road cut - too fast and deep to attempt at night on my own).

The video is noisy (iso 3200), downsampled to 720p and yellow (fog lights for illumination), but you get the idea.

View all photos taken: Monday, 13th April 2009, This photo: 6:07am

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  • SkattyKat said:
    Woo David you have had some serious rain today !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    There was 120mm in the gauge before I emptied it at 11pm (that's since 9am this morning)! Still raining, still large amounts of water rushing down all the little seasonal creeks (ours sounds like a torrent).
    I'm for bed now, but I suspect I won't be going to work tomorrow.
  • mitchell burns said:
    wow looks like you have had abit of rain.. wish it would come up hear.. all we had today was annoying drizzle
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Well looks a little wet I see there Dave!
    Still raining here. I might take the camera in tomorrow for some slow shutter jijinks in the City ...maybe...
  • looby88 said:
    I had heard on the news that NSW was copping a lot of rain- you too, still you can live on chocolate for awhile if you are cut off !
    Hope you are all okay anyway
    Thats a crazy amount of rain, from 50cm to 3 metres
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wowowowow, crazy mate! I'm guess its gone down now.
  • David de Groot said:
    120mm from 9am to 11pm yesterday at home, who knows elsewhere in the valley.
    Seems to have stopped raining here (7:27am) but the clouds are low and it has the feel of weather that could start raining again any minute.
    hahaha yeah, lots of chocolate, and we did the grocery shopping yesterday so we're all set.
    Yeah, according to the graph it's gone back down to just normal flooded-in levels (i.e. the low bridge is still under, by maybe 40-60cm).
  • Clearskies Images said:
    You're certainly getting rained on up there, can we have some down here ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Apparently we exceeded the monthly average for April, yesterday! (monthly average for Brisbane for April is 97mm, we got a bit over 160mm yesterday). It's just started drizzling again, and the forecast is for an afternoon storm. Looks like going to work is out of the question today.Luckily big falls were made on the North Pine Dam, so it didn't all just wash out to sea ;-)
  • Jennifer Renee said:
    with all this rain, i am just wanting a few good hours of sun to get my laundry dry....
    nice vid! glad I dont live out by you... i would hate to be house bound for very long!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's what clothes dryers are for! ;-)
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    You don't know the meaning of proper rain! Come to the Scottish Highlands to experience rain! :p (he says while looking outside to a gorgeously sunny and non-windy day).
    Well, you have more time to perfect your playdough sculpting and animation skills now.
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha I'd say come to Far North Queensland in monsoon season, then you'll see proper rain :P
    No more rain until next Tuesday according to the weather people.
  • looby88 said:
    now boys, lets not fight !! personally, you can keep your rain, both of you, I like just enough to keep everywhere green, enough to dampen down the dust in the summer and freshen things up. An occasional thunder storm, preferably when I am at home to ozone things up a bit ( or whatever it does ), I do believe Mr Blue has been to Aussie land, but did he experience the monsoon ? He could live elsewhere in the UK as well I expect, so I dont sympathise with him, he can keep his wind, rain and midges !!
    ; P
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I guess the advantage of the monsoons up north is that it's warm when it's wet, as opposed to Scotland, where I imagine it's wet and very cold.
  • looby88 said:
    I have never been to Scotland, shame on me, so I cannot really comment on its weather. I think if the weather was better it too would be an over populated place. I have lived in Lancashire, very pretty it is in parts, it can be very wet, and not very warm, though I dont like the heat either, I should imagine its very humid in the monsoon season too. Some of Bluewaves photos of Scotland have made me determined to get up there some day, and I have told him so, not to mention he promised to make us a cake and show us some beauty spots ! An offer not to be sneered at, though he will probably have moved on before we shift ourselves :(
    A friends daughter has just been offered a job, halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, a small university town, which main fame I think is huge hailstones. I think you have a more varied climate in parts than most people realise
    I cant comment on your weather either actually !!
  • David de Groot said:
    But Scotland is just up the road for you :P Can't be more than a 6 hour drive.
    We'll make it to Scotland (and the rest of the UK) one day, probably after the kidlets have flown the coup.
    Armidale I presume (Uni. town between Bris. & Syd.). It snows there in the winter. Pretty area though - not surprisingly that part of the country is referred to as New England.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Helen's right - weather in moderation, please. Rain being blown horizontally isn't much fun, although midge bites are even less fun 'cos the itching lasts for days.
    It was summer when I was in Cairns so didn't see much rain, but I was getting wet as I learnt to dive in a swimming pool and spent Christmas on the Great Barrier Reef. :)
    Probably the heaviest rain I've experienced was a monsoon lightning storm in Singapore. The sheer amount of rain that fell in a short time was incredible, and also it would fall at the same time each day. Welcome relief from the humidity though.
    Yes, we're a bit weather-obsessed in the UK, but thankfully we don't see the extremes of weather like floods, tornados or drought too often.
    Come on Helen, time for you to visit north of the border! You're right, I might not be here for much longer.
  • looby88 said:
    I think it is Armidale ! The student population = the resident population !
    Scotland is more than 6 hours away, Man you just need to experience our roads !! Probably easier to fly and hire a car, the great thing about the UK is its variety of scenery in a small island.
    Regarding the weather, I have heard that the UK is one of the most difficult places to forecast the weather for- or is that just a rumour put about by our met office friends !
    Oh Tim.... my house is under offer- whether it goes through or not I dont know, but if it does 2009 will not be the year for a Scotland trip ! So..... will you be somewhere nice, nearer ? I'm still after your cakes !!!
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    You've all the recipes. Time to start making your own cakes again. :p
    Have you had to get one of those HIPs reports done before putting your house on the market? All the best with your move.
    UK weather is supposed to be hard to forecast due to being an island with the Atlantic on one side and a large land mass on the other. Plus being a relatively small island weather passes over and thus changes quickly.
  • looby88 said:
    Meanie !! Yep, you need a cake recipe, just ask ! We put the house on the market last year, about March, had lots of interest, then took it off again, due to two weddings, back on again late November/December, not the best time ideally. A HIP lasts for 1 year, so it needed to go back on, or we would have had to pay out again- cheek eh !
    Because its a 4/5 bedroomed house it was one of the first to require this HIP thing, though they have just brought out an even more complicated and unnecessary one. Good old government.
    Thanks, I hope it goes through - but if not, we try again, though we have found a sweet little cottage we want to buy !
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah so you've seen real rain then ;-)
    Google says roughly 8.5 hours to Edinburgh :P That's an easy drive for a day.
    How hard can it be to forecast weather for the UK - surely if they sad "cloudy with chance of rain" they'd be right 80% of the time :P
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Aussie's have three types of weather: BBQ at the beach; BBQ in the backyard; stay-in and watch the footie on TV. :p
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! Good one Tim !! I like - a lot !!
    Well monsieur de Groot, when you come over, you will see for yourselves that we never trust the weather forecast, many of us remember a certain weather man assuring us that the reports of a hurricane where unfounded, a little windy maybe, ha ha. We had an oak tree come down on our roof that night, thankfully it slipped over us, right down the roof. I can not describe the noise as the poor tree rocked, all its roots breaking. The fire brigade had to cut us out, with 2 small children in the house we were stuck inside, the doors were blocked with tree ! I digress, thousands of trees were lost that night.
    We can have a very warm day, followed by a wet cold one, or both in the same day, I've had it rain in my back garden, but not in the front....
    It can be hot and dry for weeks, then all the folks who moan about the lack of summer moan because its too hot..., The Brits just love their weather !
    Yep, according to google we could drive for 8 hours, non stop and get to Edinburgh, that is providing there are no accidents on our wondrous motorways, or we are delayed through " sheer weight of traffic " a favourite from all the travel broadcastors. My car probably weighs a ton, or perhaps more, being German made its a solid lump.... but whats that got to do with congestion ?
    When I go to Scotland I think an autohome would be a good idea, take our time, see the sights, clog up the roads, get stuck on minor ones.. thats the way to do it !
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty much ;-) (except for footy, not interested in that at all).
    hehehe yeah the weather forecasts are no more accurate here - although at least in Qld we don't have four seasons in one day (unlike, say, Melbourne).
  • looby88 said:
    I cant understand why anyone likes footy !! I think NZ is worse, that really can have four seasons in one day, I remember hearing about a man who on his way to his sisters wedding had a short walk in some forest, I think they found him 2 weeks later ! Still alive, 1, he got lost and 2, the weather changed ! I bet he wasnt flavour of the month !
    I ignore the forecasts, I have three barometers, 2 old fashioned ones, and one digital electronic, I find them to be most accurate, just need to add a bit of seaweed, and I should be really getting the best. My step grandad was a shrimp fisherman in Morecambe Bay, he taught me a bit how to forecast the weather, he would go off birds, the moon, seaweed, tides, all sorts of stuff. He rarely got it wrong !
  • David de Groot said:
    I've not been to NZ yet, but we'll get there one day too. ;-)
    I tend to rely on lots of factors too, ants, temperature, wind direction, humidity, smell, etc although the BoM radar has made me a bit lazy...
  • looby88 said:
    ants...... ? please tell me more ! no seriously, I mean ours often fly in the summer, often before thundery weather, but thats a summer thing
    I looked up BoM.. I googled it, our forecastors use radar... still get it wrong, skill eh ?

    I would sooo love to go to NZ, the flying time from here is horrific, and I probably wouldnt want to come home again, pretty much like the UK, barring seismic activity of course, and only 4-5 million people compared to our 60+ and rising ( though not to do with the native population birthrate- which is falling )..... bliss, fantastic scenery, a photographers dream : ), no nasty poisonous creepies, lovely
  • David de Groot said:
    Ants tend to build up around there nest holes into little mounds when rain is coming. They also head for higher ground (like our veranda).
    Yeah but it's full of NZer's :P and sheep, and apparently the Australian Brushtail possum now too ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! Well I like sheep !!
    cant really understand the NZland accent, pin, when they mean pen, actually when you listen to English, as it is spoken around the world, it varies somewhat, but then its a job to understand some folks from the UK as well, mentioning no-place in particular.... Birmingham....
    ta for the info on ants, so if ever my ants do that, they've got their aussie cousins over for a hol !
    I vaguely remember seeing something about the possum in NZ and what a nuisance it is- for ground nesting birds probably.
    Let me guess, some bright spark of humanity interfered yet again !
    ..... I can hear the weather forecast on the TV in the lounge, must rush... could do with a laugh !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    At one stage, and I don't know if it's still the case, the population of sheep in NZ was larger than that of people. Now possums outnumber both (apparently the climate is just the thing for them, and a lack of natural predators too).
    Yes, I think it was some idiot interfering again that resulted in the possum explosion over there. However, there are enterprising chaps on that side of the pond that are now making decent money from possum fur and possum meats.
  • looby88 said:
    Oooh goodness, more possums than people, are you low on possums back in Australia, praps you should have them back !
    Watched some wildlife programme the other day, they were having to kill these goats, they were destroying the habitat for rare tortoises I think- goats not native, etc etc. The best way to kill them was from a helicopter. They used New Zealanders, he got every one first time, instant death, the goats and helicopter were shifting. Not nice, not the goats fault, but he was a brilliant shot. I have heard that Kiwis like to hunt. Is there anything folks wont eat ! Possum sandwich..... eurgh !
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, they'd all have weird accents and would take all the jobs of the local possums... ;-)
    I've not eaten possum yet (but my Grandparents have). I've eaten goat, it's quite tasty, makes a darn good curry.
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! weird accents !!
    eaten possum- yet !!!
    What are you like !!!
    so would you draw the line at say.... rocky mountain oysters.... eurgh yukky !
  • David de Groot said:
    Adventurous in the food dept. but not THAT adventurous. I have enough testosterone of my own without adding some from an ex-bull.
  • looby88 said:
    Hee hee !!! ; P
  • leadegroot said:
    Well, thats pretty much how Dave sounds. Although he was doing his tenor voice, not his bass.
    Now we need a video with voiceover from you, Helen, so we can giggle at your accent :) Got any snow to film for us? The kids still don't believe that water can actually freeze before it hits the ground ;)
  • looby88 said:
    Dave sounds ? Where, I hear no tenor or bass, I heard water..... I'm missing something here ( or hear- or not in this case !! )
    Moi, I wouldnt know how to record myself, though I'm guessing this imac with its built in camera ( which I have no idea how to use )- does it record sound ? I have no mike..... I'm a Northener, I speak with a cross between Lancashire and Yorkshire X Cheshire accent, whatever that is, softened with years of living all over the place, definitely not a BBC voice ! Its funny though, any programme with Northeners on it from around Lancashire- I'm straight back into it, if I moved back I'd lapse immediately.
    I dont sound like Cilla Black, or the Beatles, but I've lived in Liverpool for 2 years as a kid... Victoria Wood, the comedien... not like her either, but giggle away, they are good accents.!!
    Snow, no videos from me, I have no video recorder... I know you get snow in some parts of Australia, or am I dreaming that one up ?
    Thanks Lea for all these conversations I have with your other half ( thanks Dave too ) They can be highly entertaining, and informative too, if ever I come to Australia and I see ants heading for verandas, I need to as well, its going to rain/flood... might not go down to well with the owner of said veranda but.. hey ho !
    If I find a Northerner speaking- and I can work out how to post it, perhaps I will, tell your children our snow flakes are beautiful, everyone different, quite good fun when they land gently on your eyelashes, we used to stick our tongues out as kids to catch them !
  • leadegroot said:
    Hey! Where did the sound go? Well. *I've* heard this vid with sound!
    No snow videos? :pouts: Dave's camera does short videos - I figured all the newer ones did :)
    (Yes, there are a few areas in Australia that get snow, but the kids have never been there :))
  • looby88 said:
    A bit of the full monty... its safe !
    couldnt find my fav scenes ! Not the strip bit either !
  • David de Groot said:
    Wrong video! The ones with me talking in them didn't get posted ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    Lol , so we are not to hear your tenor, or bass !! heee heeee, so can you do falsetto, now that would be worth listening to, though with all that testosterone, thats probably a no-no too !!
  • David de Groot said:
    No, I don't think I need to post my voice here, and esp. not doing a falsetto :P