Perth and the south west region of WA were in the grips of a wild storm yesterday.
Currently part of our roof is either in the garden or has blown onto another part of the roof. Our gutters are hanging off the house like javelin poles. Part of our verandah is missing. Trees and branches have come crashing down everywhere.
We have no electricity and probably won't for a couple of days. No electricity I can handle. But on farms, when you lose electricity, you also lose water because the pressure pumps are no longer working. Last night we went to see one of Duncan's workmates, who still had power, to fill up a big plastic container full of water. Currently I'm in town so I can get heating, a drink of water and use the toilet (our toilets no longer flush).
Farmers were out last night trying to clear branches off the roads until the Shire come and move the large logs. They went driving around to check whether anyone was trapped on the roads. It's scary in the country as you could be driving and have trees crash onto the road in front of you and behind you. It's nice that there are people who automatically think of others.
With more wild winds and rain predicted in the next couple of days, there is an urgency to get some tarps on our roof. We are also thinking of buying our own generator as there is only one between six families on our farm. Ridiculous!
I'm glad the hospitals are getting their power back. I was quite annoyed to see people whinging on Facebook because they have no power and are bored with no TV. Ummm ever heard of books? At least they have water.
I no longer sit at the window and watch storms, thinking Cool! like when I was a kid. Now I sit there thinking, Here goes our power and water for a few days.