Then last night as I was watching the Olympics, I suddenly realised I couldn't hear the television as the rain had become so loud, and then I noticed my house shaking in the wind and I realised that a storm had developed outside.
I simply turned up the heat and ignored it.
I woke today to find everything a little sodden, and noticed that their were warnings in place where roads were closed! At 4pm I decided to venture out with my camera to see for myself! This is what I found...
You know that little ford that is always dry on Old Renwick Road? That's the Omaka River which is completely dry 99.9% of the time. When it's not dry, there's a little trickle of water. I guess this is what happens when it rains heavily...
Highfield Winery - the vines were flooded. And the road was closed. The little one way bridges were on Dog Point Road were nearly underwater as well.
Here's the Omaka River in full flood. At this point a motorist stopped me and said that I had the wrong equipment. It was a Kayak I needed, not a camera! Yeah right!
I then drove into town to take a look at the Taylor River by Raupo Cafe. I've seen floods up here before in my 2.5 years I've been in Marlborough, but this is the highest I've seen it yet. The little foot bridge is almost submerged.
And be very careful - it's very slippery down there when it's frosty!
No walking the dog along the pathways beside the river today...
And everywhere there were danger keep out signs!
There were a number of photographers about, and I got talking to one of them. He told me the little footbridge is designed to float of it's foundations if the current of the river gets too great. Then once the river goes down, a digger goes in and pops it back up again. Interesting!
Despite the cold wind and rainy conditions, some hardy soul was still enjoying his pizza on the steps, while watching the water levels rise!
On the way home I stopped at the point where the river sometimes breaks its banks and flows over the road.
Guess a picnic on the picnic table is out of the question!
Apparently this isn't the worst Blenheim has had. The Taylor Dam stops the Taylor River from getting really bad. Although the Wairau breaks its banks every 20 years or so - the last time in 1983.
More rain is expected tonight! I wonder what tomorrow will bring!