Here is the promised report on what
happened after we got out of the shelter and what was the damage like.
After all the worries and sleeplessness,
I was simply too tired to do it yesterday. And today (Sunday) the
post-cyclone cleanup started - I had actually planned to send out this
Also sorry for all the spelling
mistakes in my last newsletter - I hate to see it - but it shows
you the difference it makes when you write while sitting on the floor
and when you haven't slept for two days.
In This Issue:
• The Aftermath and the Damage
• Feedback Always Welcome
AFTERMATH AND THE DAMAGE OF ITA
About an hour after I sent the last newsletter we were allowed out of
It still rained and it was still very
windy and there was a fair bit of tree damage on our way home.
We got home and our house was still standing
- with the roof and all!!! :-)
The yard was quite messy with lots of tree branches on the ground, and two trees uprooted.
The boat and the van were tied up and had not moved, but the van had
had a fair shake.
Having investigated all that, we went
to our neighbours who had decided to stay at home.
The tough old Phil - not scared of anything, yells from his back yard:
"Mate, I have been through cyclones, but this was the scariest thing I
ever been through". And his face was dead serious.
I knew the shelter saved us a lot of
scare compared to listening to those winds inside our house!
Then I took off to the town to see
what the damage was like (I would never be able to give you the
full report on the damage even if I wanted, but I can tell you what I
saw and heard).
I have to say it really made a HUGE
difference that by the time Ita got to Cooktown, it actually was downgraded to Category
I remember very well the damage from Larry and Yasi, I was living
closer to where Larry hit in 2006, and during Yasi I was close again
because I happened to be travelling.
If I think back to these two, and compare it to the damage we actually
got, I tell you - that downgrade so
late in its path - saved us a
lot of roofs, a lot of structural damage, and also a lot of
rainforest damage as well.
There is quite a bit of tree damage, there is an occasional ripped roof
that ended up in the neighbour's yard, but nowhere close to as many as we saw after
Larry and Yasi.
And like with all the other cyclones, there were the unlucky ones that
got smashed while the surrounding houses got no damage.
The most notable was the West Coast
Hotel in the main street that lost its roof - and there are some
others in town.
The weather was still extreme with
rain, strong winds, and some very dark and wild waters at the river
Later in the day (Saturday 12 April) the rains gradually disappeared
with the cyclone
getting farther away from us, and this morning (Sunday
13 April) when I opened my office window my room was full of sunshine - and the
smell of fresh wood - from all the broken branches just outside.
It ended up being a beautiful day with
no wind and calm waters, and a picture perfect sunset - as if Ida was
just a dream.
We are starting to get our things moved back to where they were, we still have no power and they say
probably not for weeks - so there will be shops and businesses
that will be closed as the town now
runs on generators.
And we had the water guy coming around today, saying the water is now on but please use
sparingly as "the one water tank up the hill is all we have".
So the life is far from back to normal,
but we get by, and in the
coming days I will get back to
working on the price updates full time.
Once the dust has settled and we can see what the roads are doing in a
bit longer term, I will send out a
newsletter with what the roads will be like for people who want to
travel soon (June and later travellers are very unlikely to be
affected by this cyclone).
And last but not least - thanks again for all the well wishes - I now wish to all of you down south that you don't get any floods from Ita!!!
I really appreciate any kind of feedback
on the Destination Guide.
me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and while using the
information once on the trip.
If you get any questions about
anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning everyone :-)
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