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Blog entry by degoose posted 01-11-2011 01:10 PM 1505 reads 0 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

.As many of you will have seen on the News, much of Queensland is flooded…and I have had many emails asking if I was affected by the flooding.

Fortunately, until recently, the only water problem we had, was a small stream running across the back yard. No leaks in the house and able to come and go as we please.

After heavy downpours all last night and most of the day, we are officially flood bound.. all roads around our house are covered with water and closed to traffic.. There are many people in the same boat… no pun intended…. and are unable to go to work… many businesses have closed for the duration… even the local MacDonalds… shock horror…

Last night just about to shut up the shop and I had a visitor… a small brown snake… trying to keep dry… only about 700 mm long and about 25 mm thick… only a baby… but a Brown Snake all the same… I high tailed it out and down to the house leaving everything open… hoping it would just leave…

About an hour later I went up to lock up and saw my unwelcome visitor slithering out of the main door heading for a spot in the garden… locked up real quick and back to the house… had a quick look around this morning and did not see him.. or her…

All the water running down from the properties up the hill was finally too much for the drainage around the shed and in it came… poured in around the corner of the roller door… soaked the floor on half the shed to a depth of 1/2 inch…

Had to suspend any thought of woodworking until I had the drainage dug deeper and the water mopped up… at least the floor got a good washing… I was lucky that I had spent some time recently clearing all the timber out to the wood store and the only bit that got wet was some 4 metre lengths of Huon Pine…they will dry out ok…I also had all the power leads run overhead and not across the floor…

Finally finished getting all the water out and thought… might be time for a quick beer…

Power went out… so I sat in the dark… yes it was the middle of the day but still dark… and had a beer anyway…

I am not complaining as there are many who have no house no shed no car… all washed away.

Our thoughts go out to them…

first off… thank you to all my friends for your thoughts prayers and concern…
The sky is blue …the sun is out… the shed is now dry … some of the roads are now passable..the snake seems to have gone home…power had been restored….I still have some beer in the fridge… back up to the shop to make some sawdust…
I do not think this is over just yet… more to come this afternoon… and with the high tide as well..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 01:17 PM

Our thoughts are with you all – brown snake included.

Stay dry. Stay safe.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 01:25 PM

beer there
done that
got the t-shirt


glad you are good

-5 here right now

be safe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 01:27 PM

Stay safe and dry, Larry.
Watch out for that snake… sounds like a budding woodworker to me!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 01:50 PM

Hi Larry.

Wanna trade? We have over a foot of snow on the ground and more coming. Yemperatures this weekend are forecast to be in the minus 20’s celcius as the “highs” and minus thirties for the lows.

This too shall pass, my friend. Stay high and dry and have a Fosters (or other brew of your choice) for me, and offer the snake one too. He’s a neighbour forced out of his home too you know!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 01:53 PM

Almost -9 here, thats ‘C.. From drought to floods, you’ve certainly had it all the last few years.
Be safe Larry !

(brown snake ?..are they a nasty type ?)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 01:59 PM

I hope most of your neighbors are as fortunate as you have been. Good thing you saw the brown snake before you stepped on it… Are there any snakes in Australia that are not deadly?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 02:05 PM

I’m sorry, Larry. At least the damage was minimal it sounds like but, as you say, many of your countryman lost maybe everything. My heart goes out to them. Floods are terrible and the snakes that come out with them surely don’t help any. Be careful.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 02:06 PM

glad to here your alright

i know you probably wont get this message without power but it makes me feel better knowing that the carnage in QLD isnt effecting you to much

PS no power means you have to drink all your beer before it goes warm

take care and avoid the snakes


PS Please let it rain in WA

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 02:27 PM

Glad you are your property are for the most part ok. I can’t believe you guys have been having flooding for 2 months now.

I had a VERY close encounter with a brown snake in 2000 while rafting down the North Johnstone river in queensland. We took a break on some rocks for lunch, I went to relieve myself near a pile of rocks only to hear some hissing directly to my left about 4 feet away. It didn’t lunge at me but the hissing was enough to make me back away slowly. I asked our guide to check it out and he told me that it was an eastern brown snake(same kind as yours?) and they are one of the most aggressive and poisonous snakes around there and if I had gotten bitten my chances weren’t good since and I’d have to be air lifted out of there for help(we had satellite phone for emergencies though).

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 03:05 PM

Been watching the floods and wondering how you were coping, I’m pleased to hear you’re OK. Take the advise about the beer with a pinch of salt (or is that tequila?), if the forecasts are right it’s gonnna get a lot worse before it gets better.

4m lengths of Huon pine? I’d love to get something like that, next you’ll tell me it’s figured to boot?

Keep dry and safe mate.

-- Wiggs, Western Australia --- Whoever said 'The devil's in the detail' was a woodworker!

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 03:09 PM

Larry, I am glad to hear it all worked out! At least you had a beer and some company (litle brown snake) to get you through the situation.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 03:13 PM

It’s been unbelievable to watch on the news. Stay safe.

-- Daniel -

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 03:16 PM

Glad you are safe at present Larry. Amusing anecdote to share with you -

My basement (Michigan is above the sea level line so we can have them) utilizes gravity drains rather than a pumping system to remove the water. A few years ago, this got blocked by tree roots and I came down stairs to about half a foot of water. I bought a sump but had to run the water upstairs and through a side door to the outside. This became very uncomfortable in the cold weather. My house is old and there were sections undiscovered. A friend discovered what he thought to be an old sump and recommended we redirect the stream there, since we wouldn’t have to open any doors. Like the idiot I was at that time, I followed his direction. The next morning, I checked on the progress to discover water pouring in from the basement wall. Instead of a sump, I was pumping water into an old cellar that the house was built on. So, not only did I have to pump out my basement until the roots were cleared, I also had to pump out a full cellar.

Good thing I wasn’t heavily invested in tools and lumber at the time eh?

Stay safe and I hope the flooding subsides.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 01-11-2011 03:45 PM

Only my best wishes for you and your fellow Queens landers, enjoy your beer you’ll be making sawdust soon…BC

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 04:06 PM

With your positive attitude, I’m sure you’ll weather the storm (with or without the company of a snake)! Stay safe.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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