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Monday, December 26, 2011

No safety from the storm

After a lovely Christmas lunch we returned home to face the brunt of the wild storms which hit Melbourne.  I'm very fond of my car so was exceedingly sad to loose it to a wild torrent of water.

Everything inside the lower storey of my neighbours home was destroyed. Their garage, workshop and a beautiful self contained apartment were obliterated. The water was moving so quickly and with such force it flowed through their house and still had enough intensity to knock down their rear fence. They weren't home so John and and I fought our way through the storm, to rescue their terrified little dog, Max, who was huddled on a window ledge.

A very frightening and upsetting incident which has left me feeling very low.  I'm very worried about all my lovely birds who visit every day.  They were battered with very high winds and golf ball size hail stones.  Most of the shrubs in my garden are stripped of foliage or just snapped in half. Many branches are down and huge shards of bark have been ripped from trees.  Hard to imagine any little creature being able to hang on during the maelstrom.

I received many beautiful gifts from my Christmas swap partners for which I'm really really grateful.  I'll post pictures once the big clean-up here is finished.


48 comments:

  1. Oh sorry about your car!
    The poor little Max - glad you got to him.
    ((HUGS)))

    Love Leanne

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  2. What a shock to come home to. I hope the clean up happens quickly.
    I bet Max was happy to see you!

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  3. Oh Melody, that is awful, your poor car, that would tear at my heart strings too. Good on you for saying whats most precious, little Max. I hope the birds found somewhere to shelter too. Tracee xx

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  4. I heard about the storm on the radio... so sad that you were affected... I'm not surprised you are feeling it.... but I am glad you are safe... and Max is too.... thinking of you... xx
    Hugz

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  5. OMG what a lot of water Mel,oh is that your little white car floating away,glad you saved the puppy dog oh my what a nightmare,take care Mel.xx

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  6. Our thoughts are with you and I hope the clean up happens quickly. I am sure Max was very pleased to see you.

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  7. How scary for you Melody, but lucky for little Max that you were nearby. I'm sure this wasn't the Christmas Day you were hoping for ....... best wishes for a speedy cleanup.

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  8. Our thoughts are with you here in Queensland. Flooding is such an dreadfully thing to face. Thank goodness little max was OK.

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  9. So sorry you were affected by such a huge amount of rain and hail yesterday!! Yet, so glad you're not hurt!!! It's fantastic that you were able to get little Max to safety ... I'm betting he was hugely grateful to you for that rescue! Hoping the cleanup isn't too big a job and you can get that done relatively quickly! Wish we could help out ... Hugs!!!

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  10. Oh Mel, I am so sorry you had to bear the brunt of that terrible storm! It was really scary driving in it too! Lucky for me everyone else was slow!! I hope it hasn't spoilt your Christmas too much! Take care!

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  11. That is just terrible Melody. I heard about the storms on the news. Glad you are OK but sorry about your car. It won't take long for the plants and birds to get back to normal.

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  12. The extremes of weather hit Australia again! I hope you are okay and that the water recedes soon.

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  13. I am so sorry! I will keep you in my prayers...

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  14. My Goodness Melody!! How shocking.
    We copped the heavy rain and a bit of hail but not as bad as you.
    I am glad you are safe and your home wasn't damaged. Hope your poor neighbours will recover.

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  15. Sorry to hear about your car Melody. The main thing is that no-one was hurt. You can always replace a car. Lucky that you found Max and took him to safety.

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  16. So sorry about your horrible experience. I am glad you and your friends are safe.

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  17. Only in Melbourne eh? We had flooding down the street and slight leaking in the house but otherwise all okay. Sure was wild and woolly.Glad you are okay

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  18. I'm so glad you are okay! Storms like that are very scary, I can understand that you are shaken. Sending you a hug. The water will wash away and the birds will come back.

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear such sad news, Melody. I hope you'll be fine and the storm has gone by now.
    Take care,
    Teresa

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  20. That is dreadful Melody. Mother Nature can be so cruel at times. I hope you have some help with the clean up. Don't forget to get some rest in between - I so wish I lived closer so I could help. I am sending you big cyber hugs sweetie.

    Hugs - Fee XX

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  21. Hugs, Melody. Such a terrible thing to go through any day, but at Christmas, too....

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  22. Oh Melody I am so sorry, I haven't even heard on our news that you have had such storms. Please stay safe and don't worry about your car, at least you and your family are safe. Well done you for rescuing Max ...you will have a friend for life now. Take care from a very cold but peaceful France. Linda x

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  23. Oh Melody, so sad to read of this terrible news about the storm and how it has affected you, your neighbours and friends. Just so glad you are safe.

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  24. Oh Melody, what a day! As usual, when Melbourne puts on a storm, it does it well! Hope it doesn't take too long to clear up and sort things out.
    Kathy

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  25. How awful for you. Thankfully you are OK, cars and buildings can be replaced can't they.

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  26. We saw some photos of your storm on the news here Melody.. It looked so terrifying and very devastating. I'm glad you're okay and that you were able to save your neighbours little dog. So sorry about your car. I am thinking of you xx

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  27. My goodness, that is a scary amount of water. So pleased you are safe, even if your little car suffered, and so pleased too that you were able to rescue little Max. Hope the birds found safety, and return to visit you before long.
    Take care.

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  28. Sorry to hear about your car...the weather looked awful...glad you are OK though..
    rest up.
    cheers

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  29. Oh my gosh, Melody! How awful. I'm glad you and your family are all okay.

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  30. Oh Melody,
    I am so sorry you are having to go through this flooding. I am glad to know you are safe though.
    Saying a prayer.

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  31. Hi Melody, what a terrifying end to Christmas Day. Such a shame about your car, but you are safe and that is the most important thing, and also that you saved your neighbours dear little dog- he must have been so frightened. I hope the birds are ok and return to you soon. hugs, Sandy.

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  32. Oh that looks so scary! It must be awful to lose your car like that! And the poor little dog must have been so happy to see you. I can totally understand your worry about the birds too, but I am sure they will be back.
    Take care
    Jane

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  33. OMG! Glad you and yours are okay.

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  34. Oh my word....what an AWFUL storm...I'm so sorry about your car but relieved that YOU are ok. What a blessing to have rescued Max, bless you for that. That poor pup!

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  35. So sorry to read about your damage and that of your neighbours, we too experienced the storm and hail, it was frightening! Your neighbours are very lucky to have you next door, as is Max. I wish you and your neighbours well and hope the recovery is speedy. Take Care, Leanne

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  36. I can't believe how crazy our weather can be. I am sorry to hear about all the damage you received. I hope your garden recovers quickly and that your insurance company works quickly!

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  37. Oh Melody , I am so sorry to hear you were affected by such a dreadful storm I guess it is very lucky you are on a hill. Thankfully you rescued little Max , poor little thing must have been terrified . Glad you are ok and hope the clean up is not too hard on you . hugs Sheila

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  38. Mel I am so glad that you are okay. Your neighbours were very lucky that you were there to rescue poor little Max.. Take care,...xxx

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  39. thoughts and prayers are with you Melody.....Mother Nature can be very cruel...thank God those around you are safe.
    sugary hugs
    Wendy xxx

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  40. Hugs to you Mel,
    Just a little note to say, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I do hope all will be well for you and your neighbourhood.
    Love Robyn xx

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  41. Melody that is terrible. I had no idea it was so bad in Greensborough. Jacquie and Rosalie really copped it too. What a shame about your car. I hope you are mobile again soon.
    We watched lightening for hours and hours but very little rain. Cheer up, you did a wonderful thing saving your riff ours dog.

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  42. Oh, Melody how horrible! I am so sorry...and you even lost your car!!

    I am glad that you and your family are safe though. I am sure you are shook up!

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  43. Oh Melody, how dreadful. I am so relieved you are ok and that little Max got rescued. Your poor car. Were you able to recover it? And your poor garden...I hope it all recovers and your neighbours are ok.
    Take care, hugs Michelle xx

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  44. What a way to finish off Christmas day! I'm sorry your car was washed away, but at least you were able to rescue Max. Is your house OK?

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  45. Goodness Melody - I didn't realise all that went on over your way..what a shocker. Pleased you are safe, and also your neighbour's dog. Hope you had fine weather for the clean-up and your spirits are a bit higher again now.

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  46. Oh, Melody - I am so glad you and your family are safe!! So sorry about your car and thank you for saving your neighbor's dog!! It looks VERY, VERY scary!! Kris

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