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Brisbane Northwest Rainstorm 12/11/16

Be careful what you wish for. Today my wish came through for rain but unfortunately in a huge 30 minute downpour which is one of the heaviest I've seen in Brisbane. It was so heavy that my camera couldn't properly take photos on its 'smart mode' and thus I didn't quite get these taken right when it was the heaviest. Still they speak for themselves.

Not so smart 'smart mode' on my camera. Here is the same picture a little later on a manual setting.

Backyard swamp or pool? You can just see my rain gauge in this photo trying to float away.

I even have a waterfall!

Good drainage from my neighbour's property

Front yard creek

Street river

And it's stopped raining now and I bet my tank isn't even full. Did anybody else experience this today?

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Comment by Christa on November 13, 2016 at 13:36

Thanks for warning Phil, The electrician drilled holes in down pipe and he also ran the air con and it still worked would you believe. 

Elaine, we will keep fingers crossed for insurance and let you know if covered.  We did get some pics. 

Comment by Phil on November 13, 2016 at 13:01

Sorry to hear that Christa. I really was lucky then. Not to alarm you but there was a 90% chance of rain forecast today but only for a few mls. Nothing on the radar at the moment and your air conditioner I assume is no longer connected to your downpipe. Does that mean you can't use it at the moment? Isn't it crazy how we can't automatically rely on insurance companies to do what they are obligated to do. Sign of the times.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 13, 2016 at 11:51

Blimey, tough gig Christa. Depends if the insurance sees the water as flood or not, depends on terms of policy too. They will avoid paying out if they can so perhaps taking pix and getting someone (if you know a suitable someone) to have a look and advise on repair just to have a second opinion.

Comment by Christa on November 13, 2016 at 11:33

We have a 50's house and the internal walls were a special ply wood, and old plaster, and they are all swollen and bulging so everything has to dry out and hopefully insurance will take care of it??? 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 13, 2016 at 10:21

Oh Christa, I feel for you. I do hope you don't have to remove walls etc. What did the electrician say can be done about it?

Comment by Christa on November 13, 2016 at 9:30

My sympathies Phil.  Our rain gauge showed  over 50 mm and the closest suburb read 49 mm and we never had time to check outside the house as we had a water feature inside the house.  Our large air conditioner became an indoor kitchen water fall.  We were running for buckets and saucepans etc., just like in the movies. We tipped our water buckets out twice so you can imagine.  The walls filled with water.  The electrician came and it appears that the drip drain from the airconditioner was plumbed into the downpipe and because we had a huge downpour it could not handle it and backed up.  

Then I read Dave's LINK about termites and suppose that is why they did not let it run on the ground as we have a timber house and it would have left a damp area under the house.   

Hopefully some of the water went into the garden, though as you can see huge downpours just run wherever it slopes down. 

Comment by Phil on November 13, 2016 at 8:18

All that water disappearing down the street does appear so wasteful doesn't it Mary-Ann. But the street drains all connect to Kedron Brook located at the bottom of the street which supports lots of wildlife so its not as bad as it looks. There is no top soil left though - washed away years ago from my back slope and I'm sure on the neighbours side down path from their roof downpipes. That's why I don't grow  much in my backyard soil. It's compressed shale clay which floods and then bakes in the sun back to concrete.

Dave - Yes termites have crossed my mind with regard to the house wall and slab water exposure. I need to do some research but what may be saving me is that it goes from completely bone dry to flood back to bone dry. Then again I could be kidding myself. Interesting on occasion big white fungi appear in the lawn and garden beds too but nothing like what you show in your picture.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on November 13, 2016 at 6:46

wow Phil - are your neighbours aware of the waterfall? can anything be done - what a waste of water and fortunately not top soils but it will only get worse - its the same principle that created  the grand canyon !!!! good rain though - we have 15 mls not so heavy to wash everything away - go back from a garden visit with the Dayboro mob ( had to shelter from the lightening) and the wind had blown over many pot plants and hanging baskets so another job for today - clean up - for a full water tank and good ground soaking rain I am willing to clean up !!!!! 

Comment by Lissa on November 13, 2016 at 3:58

Lots of noise and some rain but nothing like what you've experienced Phil. Should have all dissipated by now I hope.

Comment by Dave Riley on November 13, 2016 at 1:10

FYI (not that I'm any expert) but I'd think the torrent emanating from next door and flushing up against the house wall like that has to be a termite hot spot. Even hot water services(which drip) can sponsor termite residencies.

What you see in a deluge may suggest  regular  seepage.

See for this useful discussion: LINK.

(I used to own an old 1924 Queenslander and we tend to be termite obsessed.)

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