You wouldn’t think it would happen, but it did. First, the bulk carrier (coal, not oil as I had been told on Friday at lunch) washing up on Nobby’s, Second, the HIDEOUS storms which began earlier that same day and flooded various places around town got even worse later that afternoon and overnight, and now, the Hunter river is flooding to an extent that it hasn’t in something like 52 years.
Oh yeah, and I was without power and heating for 24 hours, but I wasn’t nearly as badly off as some who had no water either, and had neither from Friday afternoon, as well as getting flooded.
I took this shot some months ago, from the river’s edge at Stockton which is across from Nobby’s beach (on the other side of the roadway in this pic and not visible) and Horseshoe beach (visible in the pic). I am posting it here now, to give some impression of the sheer size of the ship which is beached, and which I took a photo of this morning, from almost the same spot.
The photos posted the other day were of the ship in a different position, and it seemed to be further out than it currently is. According to radio reports, it’s about 30 metres offshore and its bow is firmly on sand, but its screws are still in water. Apparently they have got the power back on the boat and have tested at least one of the engines which is working okay.
Whether they ever get it off the beach though, is anyone’s guess.
If you want to know whats happening, you need to access the ABC Newcastle website where there is ongoing information available. The station has been doing an amazing job, they have been working 24/24 to keep people updated, putting most of their regular programs on hold during the emergency… fabulous effort. On that page you’ll also find some radio streams… recommended to listen if you aren’t in the usual listening area to pick up AM 1233 or FM 95.7
Post is a bit of a mishmash, but I’m off to do some email and forum catchup now.