Well we made it! After a very sleepless night and some very scary wind and rain we are now back on track. The power came back on about half an hour ago and you could hear the cheering from the neighbourhood in all directions. It went off about midnight saturday when the winds really picked up and stayed off til now. Having two little fishes in stinking hot humidity for a couple of days with no power is not my idea of fun, but there you go.
The Ergon crews have been working round the clock to try and get everything fixed but there was a fair bit of damage and they still have a lot to fix so we are very happy that we now have power.
We only had 4 trees come down and none of those fell onto anything important so, yay!
Oldest fish is a bit devastated because her favourite park has been smashed up pretty badly. All the old paperbarks and other gums around the playground all were either badly damaged or snapped off at the base and fell on the playthings. We told her that it would be okay and the tree fixer people would come and clean up the trees and the playground fixers would come and fix the swings so she seemed happy with that.
I am still amazed the sheds didn't fly away, I was really expecting to lose them. Apart from the huge amount of vegetation that is everywhere and the fallen power lines I think our area did pretty well. We discovered our fence is a bit stronger than we thought it was, it had two bottlebrushes fall on it and it stood its ground. It is like heaven here at the moment as the fans are working again! I could live without the lights but the fans, they are a must. I have a mountain of washing and cleaning up to do, but it doesn't matter because the fans are on! And the kids can have a good nights sleep! Yay for electricity!