I drove up to Burrum Heads on Tuesday hoping to catch some good winds later in the week. What happened to the Australian Coast nobody could have predicted! Widespread devastation over two states which is still happening as i write.
On Thursday the event was cancelled as the weather took a turn for the worst. I was working on my computer in my place which i fully sealed the windows and doors one storey up and yet the water penetrated halfway across the floor. Then the power went out and i noticed i had nearly run out of food. So i did a little drive down to the shop to stock up but the whole town was out of power. There was minor flooding in the streets however unbeknownst to me this water may have damaged my car! The weather calmed down and i packed up ready to leave for home. I checked for road closures drove around to say goodbye but couldn't find many sailors. I guessed they had evacuated already.
I drove out burrum heads roads but got turned around and given a new route. On toowoom rd i saw warter up ahead. I went through some shallow water to get to a farm entrance to do a 3 point turn. I heard a groaning come from the car. When i was ready to reverse out of the driveway to car shut down! I rang roadside assist they were short staffed as the government told everybody to go home but i dont think they meant essential services to go home. I had to explain about 5 times my location i wasnt feeling confident. Eventually they rang back saying a tow truck could not get to me. I said all sorts of cars are going past me and the water is rising all around me. They road i came in on now had shallow water going over it completely. They said they could try the ses. I said no i safe enough just check with tow truck companies again. I then rand dennis Winstanlanley just in case i was going to need rescuing. Eventually a towtruck came later in the night. And took my car to a mechanic and me to a motel. I was starving by now! It was actually quite a scary moment a realise afterwards and gave me a small insight to those who are really suffering from this massive far reaching storm.
I wrote this on my mobile phones cracked screen , pretty hard
Now i am in hervey bay waiting for the car report. Hopefully i will be home soon to my family.