Phone calls to friends in Australia last night reinforced the tragic irony of toom little water in one area and too much in another.
A family in Victoria is waiting anxiously as fire, albeit slow burning, approaches one of their properties.
While other friends who farm in northern New South Wales are dealing with floods after several years battling the dry.
The ABC reports that these are drought breaking rains.
Further to the north and west in Bourke, authorities are tallying up the damage bill after three quarters of the towns annual rainfall came down in 15 hours on the weekend. This in a town that just recently saw an exodus of a fifth of its population because of the drought.
Our friends haven’t lost stock and are grateful the flooding round them is not nearly as bad as that in Quensland.
Thousands of kilometres away in Queensland, the towns of Normanton and Karumba have been cut off for six weeks and may have to tough it out for another month. Emergency services are ensuring people get the basics like food and medicine, but industries are struggling.
. . . In Karumba, businesses can’t get the goods they need to keep the local economy going and they’re warning job losses are on the way.
The local council estimates that stock losses may run to 100,000 and some graziers may have lost up to two years’ profits.
. . . Further up the river, people shifted 20,000 head out of the floodwaters and up onto higher ground. But then, a lot of that higher ground has gone underwater.