The force

Sometimes it rains softly and steadily (“English rain”) and the creek fills up gradually. Sometimes the rain comes down like stair-rods (“Australian rain”) and the creek becomes a torrent.

Flood at Chatham Road bridge

Where there’s a high tide it backs up, as it did here at Chinchen Street.

Flood at Chinchen Street

The force is terrifying. Just standing near the banking, watching it, your mind races through the things that could happen to you if you were in it.

And after? The force brings all kinds of gifts. These two lumps of concrete couldn’t be lifted by three men. Well, three editors.

Forced concrete

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