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Fire and Rain

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on February 10, 2009

We are far from the awful bush fires that have been raging in Victoria and parts of New South Wales but we have been touched by the tragedy. My friend Sue Forrester and her partner Bill have their house and business in the area. For three days I have been trying to get word about their situation. As I watch the news of the fires spreading from town to town I have been checking the map to locate the towns. The areas   – entire towns – have been destroyed and they surround the area where Bill and Sue live.

Power is down and phone networks are either down or overloaded but I continue to try calling. We are part of the Airedale Rescue email list and through networking with the members who still have internet access we were able to find out that they are safe and their house stands but it is still a dangeroussituation. But though those emails I have read of some really sad stories of some people from the group who have lost homes and neighbors. So far 160 people have died (this number grows everytime I watch the news or listen to the radio). Thousands of people have lost their homes. It reminds me of the terrible fires in the Oakland hills – that overwhelming feeling of helplessness.

I won’t really feel relief until I can talk to Sue personally but at least for now I know they and their dogs are safe. This is truly a country of contrasts. In the north they are having floods. We are scheduled to go to Queensland in two weeks when Leslie and Manuvisit us from Belgium. Townsville is flooded and several people have drowned and it continues to rain.

For us it has just been hot – very hot. Today was the first time in days that it was at all tolerable to go outside. Everything is dry and brown. You can’t water lawns (unless you have a water storage tank) and it really makes this pretty city look sad. We are in the middle of summer and Canberra is surrounded by trees and bush lands. Several years ago they had some bush fires so people here are very concerned about the fire hazard. Thanks to all of you who have emailed to make sure we are okay. We are fine but sad for all the people who have lost their homes.


2 Responses to “Fire and Rain”

  1. Janet said

    Glad to hear you’re far from the fires, I looked on the map and it appeared to be so but one can never really be sure when you don’t know the lay of the land. We know several people who lost their homes in the most recent fire in Santa Barbara, but people did not die. This it really tragic. Take care. Love, Janet and Mark

  2. Denise Keith said

    Hi Anne Marie
    The fires are unbelievable. So much devastation and loss of life. We hope Sue & Bill and their furbabies remain safe.

    Thank goodness for our email group and the contacts we have made allowing us to keep up to date with their situation.

    On a different note, I was just looking at your photo of Cooper. Gosh he looks like our Tess. The same face.

    Take care
    Denise and the Leuradales

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