As of writing this I am homeless. Yesterday at 6am a gum tree fell on our house during a category 2 cyclone. It went down the middle. Slowly the laundry started to cave in. Firefighters evacuated us as the SES was inundated with phone calls. We were notified that there was asbestos and had to leave immediately.
We are waiting on emergency housing. We are safe, our animals are safe. I'm currently staying with family until things get sorted out. But if you don't hear from me, this is why.
Thank you to all of my friends that offered me help and a place to stay and thanks to our neighbours for seeing if we were alright and if we needed an ambulance.
No one was hurt thankfully, only the house was damaged. It's continuing to slowly crumple. I have no idea about our house items. I was only able to save my laptop and cintiq. I don't know what will happen from here. I don't know if or when I will be back on DA. But on and off today I will be online. Internet service is sill sparse. If there's anything you want or need to say, please do so. I will eventually get back to you, I just don't know when.
And thank you to all that have me in their thoughts. We are lucky to have avoided the floods though. I just wanted my friends to know that we're safe and ok.
Still waiting to be placed in a new home. We were put on a high priority list because of the asbestos. Still unsure of things. I will likely be without any internet for a while. If want to talk to me, please try tonight and tomorrow on Skype or Twitter. After that you guys won't see me for a while or sporadically. But I can not stress enough that we are ok and safe!
I don't know how many of you know but the Hunter Valley where I live has been declared a national disaster. There's been crazy floods, homes washed away, trees on houses etc etc. We are safe and are staying with family that were kind enough to take us in and we are keeping safe and away from the floods as well as limiting our travel.
With the way my luck is, I am going to upload photo's of the damage to this journal so should anything happen to my phone when I have to present the photo's, I will at least have a back up photo. These photo's don't really show how bad it actually is. It's since fallen down on the house more since these photo's. Very likely I will have more photo's later.
Goes right down the middle. The ceiling inside the laundry is caving in and it's spreading. There's been more damage since this day as the tree sinks in a little further. The roof is slowly collapsing as the tree covers the middle of the house right over to the other side.
As far as I know, they are looking into it. We are simply waiting on a phone call at this point. For how long, I don't know. I'll update this journal more for worrying friends. I've been getting a lot of phone calls from passers by wanting to know if we are ok or were hurt. We are ok and no one was harmed thankfully! We're just currently homeless though it should only be temporary. I am unaware of how my things are.
The tree has pierced a hole through the ceiling and roof over my laundry and as far as I know the lounge room is starting to crack and I think cave in from what I saw when I was leaving. Hopefully there wasn't or won't be any major leaking. There are a number of things that could be salvaged I HOPE!
Most important things:
- We are safe
- No one was hurt, not even the animals
- We have somewhere to stay that is also safe and away from floods.
Please don't worry! Please do contact me if you're worried but if I don't respond it could be because of limited service. Our phones have been loosing connection frequently because of the power outage issue and other issues caused by the flooding. Because of this I know some have been worrying and thinking the worst. This isn't the case. We are well out of danger where we are.
[UPDATE 27th April ]
We have somewhere else to stay where we can take our cats. I will likely be without net. However if you wish to talk to me or check up on me I could probably get back to you on Twitter. My user name is @ draconian_rain (of course remove the space. DA tagging tagged someone else) The only net I have is on my phone which is limited.
Still waiting to be placed in some kind of more permanent housing and still waiting to hear if we can retrieve our belongings or not. This is obviously going to be a very slow process but at least we won't be without a home for too long.