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Wells Crossing has the full weather gamut with fire and rain

TABLES TURNED: Fire tore through this property at Wells Crossing only weeks ago. Photo: Contributed
TABLES TURNED: Fire tore through this property at Wells Crossing only weeks ago. Photo: Contributed

FROM FIRE to flood, it's been an interesting month for Wells Crossing residents Pieter and Mary Kleynjan.

In early August, the couple was faced with spot fires burning less than 20 metres from their back door.

On Wednesday they were surrounded by flash flooding after 104mm of rainfall fell in a 24-hour period.

"We've had flooding in the driveway before, but never in the bush - where the fire was the ground was hard and the water couldn't sink in," Mrs Kleynjan said.

Aside from being an inconvenience, Mary said the downpour was welcome.

On top of the 40mm received last week, the rain had refilled her tanks and brought life back to the blackened bush.

"We were down to a quarter of a tank; I'm very conservative with water anyway, but this will make a big difference," she said.

The bush has also started to green up with new sprouts coming through.

"It's really interesting to see the fuzzy regrowth, but it still stinks of smoke. Especially after the rain," she said.

"We've had animals coming up to the backdoor for a feed on what grass was left; roos, wallabies and possums mostly.

"When the grass comes back they'll have something to eat."

The couple, who have both previously served as volunteer firefighters, have lived on the 25 acre property for more than 20 years.

The recent fires burnt out up to 20 acres.

Topics:  extreme weather



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