I’m Safe! by Chris Chalk

Following three days of major flooding and power outages in my hometown of Horsham, I am finally on line and looking forward to catching up to everyone.

All of my family were not directly affected by the record flooding and we are all safe and well! I sincerely thank my friends in RB for their comforting comments relating to earlier photos I uploaded before our river inundated my town.

I have taken several photos of the floods in my town as the water was rising but out of respect for my local citizens I have refrained from taking images of their losses.

My hometown of Horsham has a population of approximately 15,000 people. It is a major rural town some 300 kms west of Victoria’s capital, Melbourne. The town has the Wimmera River running through it in a North/South direction. The river has been bone dry for 11 years during our drought but in September 2010 heavy rains across our State of Victoria (more than 8” in some areas) and recent rains two weeks (more than 5”) ago caused major overflows of many catchment areas, including catchments near Horsham.

Last week our river started to flood, all be it slow but as of last night it peaked above the 1909 flood records. Our town is now divided in two with the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide closed. The normal width of the river varies from out-lining areas of Horsham and in Horsham itself, presently the water from the river exceeds over 20 kms in low lying areas.

Many homes along the river and towns have been inundated and until Horsham’s floods reside the damage to home and businesses will not be fully know for a couple days.

Emergency Services and many Volunteers sandbagging homes and business’ have saved hundreds of properties.

Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Exp – 1/400

Apt – F/7.1

ISO – 100

F/L – 300mm

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera
*Canon EF 75 – 300mm f/4 – 5.6 111 Zoom Lens

Hi, my name is Chris. I reside in Horsham, the capital of the whealt belt area in Victoria, Australia. I enjoy capturing the beauty of my beloved country and touring Australia in my Caravan. The majority of my photographs are landscape images of my travels.

I hope you enjoy my travels too and I thankyou for taking your time to look at my work!

Warm Regards

Chris (cjcphotography)

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  • Berns
    Bernsover 4 years ago

    Thank God you and your family are safe Chris!

  • Thanks so much Berns. We and our whole community are now a lot more relaxed:)..xoxo

    – Chris Chalk

  • larry flewers
    larry flewersover 4 years ago

    glad to hear your safe my friend

  • Thanks so much my Friend, very much appreciated!

    – Chris Chalk

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 4 years ago

    Oh…good to hear all good for you and yours!! Saw footage on the news tonight…hoping the water subsides soon so everyone can start to get their lives back to normal!! Take care! :))

  • Thanks Lynda. The media is everywhere here! Like Mt.Gambier small communities are all mates in times like these and it shouldn’t take long to clean up -:))

    – Chris Chalk

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    I’m glad all is well with you and yours Chris. You sure copped some water didn’t you.

  • Yeah we sure did AI. I have never seen anything like this in our little community but we are all safe and thats what matters my Friend- :)

    – Chris Chalk

  • Ann Reece
    Ann Reeceover 4 years ago

    Chris, I had heard about the flooding in Australia but didn’t realize that your hometown was flooded!!! I hope that your home was spared! We deal with floods here as we live at almost sea level. We’ve lived in this area for 44 years, had flood waters close to one of our homes, but fortunately it never got in our home or our cars. Just recently we had some street flooding in the town that we live in now but it didn’t last long or cause any damages that I know of, we just can’t go anywhere for a while : ). You have some fantastic photos of the floods in your town!

  • Thankyou so much my dear Friend. We were warned in advance by the media, local authorities and text messages that this was going to be a devasting flood throughtout my State and hometown. Unlike Queensland’s catastrophic floods oir floods are reasonably minor but serious enough to cause billions of dollars in propery losses. Thankyou for your kind comments about the images I am uploading, I have refrained from taking photos of major property losses out of respect for our small farming community. xoxo

    – Chris Chalk

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Thankyou Trish & “The world as we see it, or missed it” !!……..Chris

    – Chris Chalk

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    That`s a very nice shot Chris,..glad to hear you and your family are doing OK,..

  • Thanks so much John!!

    – Chris Chalk

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