Just wanted to let people know my friend has been found & will hopefully be able to get back to the rest of civilisation by the weekend.
I have to say that X was amazing. Taking me and his wife up to the area, through an area that wasn’t passable in a car and helping us to track them down over the UHF. He’s been a real star lately!!
The guys went camping up in the mountains out west – right in some of the worst hit areas (shaking my head at him as it was such a dumb thing to do.which is what he always does) Although they were near the river their campsite was up high enough for them not to get washed away.
The dirt goat track that got them to where they are didn’t fare so well and apparently looks more like the grand canyon than a road. So they’ve been stuck up there for the past week or so, but now that their location is known the SES are going to go in and get them out before they start having to sacrifice each other and turn into cannibals (my mates words not mine).
As for the clean up, it’s heartbreaking. I wish I’d brought my camera so I could show you just how devastation the damage is (these photos here are from google).
The water level has dropped and revealed pretty horrific damage. I’m not sure if anything in their house is salvageable after sitting in water that was up to the gutters for however many days last week.
The one truly amazing thing is how friendly, helpful and caring all of the people are being. It’s a true display of Aussie mateship and makes me proud of being Australian.
Time to finish up my lunch and get back to shovelling mud and sorting through mouldy things. Not sure when I’ll be back home, but a few posts should auto publish in the meantime.