Some of you may have heard about the floods in Australia, well in our area the floods are way worse than any previous floods on record!!!!!
We went to town on Friday and it was already pouring down, we had to go to get supplies but we also had to hurry in case the roads got cut off and we couldn't get home. The water in our tank that I usually use for the bettas was for some reason making them sick so I had to get some water from town for the week. I was standing there in the pelting rain while I filled up the two containers and heaved them back to the car. That't what I call dedication!lol
I had been waiting all week to go to town because I knew the petshop was due for a new shipment of fancy bettas..... mum said we could spare 10 minutes. When I got there I was like a kid in a candy shop!!!! SO many gorgeous new fish......if only I had more tanks and money!!!!! I ended up buying three.
1. Green and yellow mustard gas rosetail (Masked)
2. Purple gas super delta big ears
3. pink/gold bodied dragon with yellow fins (Doubletail Halfmoon)
We got home in plenty of time the roads did not shut until the next day. When I got home however on the news it said that the weather was to get a lot worse and temperatures were going to drop. I did the only thing I could and put the new fish in the barracks tank with my others..... big mistake! the Gold dragon DT HM was breathing very fast and within 24hrs his caudal was starting to break away, obviously parasites and now all 7 fish were probably infected. I couldn't even remove him from the tank as I didn't have another heater for him. I did a 50% water change and added some multicure which is supposed to treat parasites though I don't know how effective it will be but it was all I had and I didn't want to do nothing.
To make matters worse we lost power and was without it for 48 hours.... I had to clean my bettas tank before I could medicate and the water I had to add was cold.... I had no way to heat it because the power was off. Thankfully 24 hours on they look okay. The power is now on and their heaters are working. I really hope that the medication works.... the last thing I want is for my beautiful new bettas to get fin damage beyond repair :( I will post pictures of them as soon as possible but it may be a while..... My camera batteries died and so did the charger so I have to wait until I can buy a new one and that may be quite a while with the terrible floods.
Yesterday morning was terrible I woke at 1 am to the sound of rain pelting down on the roof..... I began to get really anxious and stressed...... the water was already rising over our property and it had been pouring all night making things so much worse. I was worried about the horses incase the flood water reached the stables and about my 200 budgies in the aviary outside. I just could not get back to sleep and at 3 am the winds started to get really strong..... a short distance from us the town had had 7 tornadoes and I was stressing we were next. At 20 to 4 am I got up out of bed.... the winds became really destructive, the house was shaking and the tree above my bed room was making loud cracking noises.
By that stage everyone was up and we rushed around gathering some clothes in case we had to leave, it was really dark and we didn't all have a torch. I felt strangely numb I wasn't worried about my possessions most of the could be replaced but I did not want to lose my photos and the memories that they bring but most of all I was worried about my pets. I have so so many 200+ birds (all pets) a horse, a cat, pet mice and a pet rat, of course my 7 bettas.... I couldn't leave them and yet again it would be totally impossible to carry them all. It was the worst feeling in the world I felt so numb like everything was happening in slow motion and I didn't know what to do. All I can say is the the relief when the winds gradually died down was incredible.
Our road is flooded and I mean worse than it has ever been, the water is so deep I cannot even contemplate it. We are on 15 acres and over 10 of those acres are completely flooded..... must be 10 metres deep in places and yet the water continues to rise. We have lived here for 23 years and seen nothing like this. Australia had severe floods in 2010 and they were nothing to this.... the levels are higher than any on record.
Our place is in a gully (not so good for floods) however we are on a sort of hill within the gully and the water would have to rise quite a few metres before it would affect the house. Right now my main concern is the stables and aviarys but again the water would need to rise a few metres yet. I am desperately hopeing that the water reaches it's peak really soon but the water is supposed to continue to rise for days yet and I am getting really nervous we have no where else to put the horses and where would I put 200+ birds? Right now all I can do is hope for the best..... our place is unrecognizable..... the roads are flooded and our property is a river and still the water continues to rise, we are so lucky that we got to town on Friday and stocked u on supplies for us and the animals so we will be fine as far as that goes.....
It sounds bad when you read all that and believe me it is however we are some of the lucky ones...... people have died and others have lost everything that they own the water is rising more and more and people in town have been warned that their houses will be swept away in the rapid like waters...... helicopters have been sent in to rescue people but there are those that are not in a situation to be rescued..... it is becoming a terrible nightmare.... I feel so much sorrow for those who are worse off than us and then there are the animals that lay forgotten about waiting for the worst it just makes me want to cry........ this sort of thing just doesn't happen, it seems so unreal.
I guess I just wanted everyone to know what terrible things are happening here, things beyond our control. The area is officially a disaster zone and now the river has just burst it's banks.
Please send your thoughts to those who so desperately need them...........