There has been some pretty gnarly weather up here in the Pilbara lately.
It seems that when it rains, it really does pour - and the ground can't absorb all the water fast enough.
When I first came up here I wondered why there were such huge drains (by huge I mean over 5ft deep and 6 ft wide) all over camp and through town, great gigantic troughs - how could there EVER be so much water to fill these enormous drains?!
Well.. now I know!
These are pictures of a river nearby - the river bed is very deep and should be more than sufficient for river flow - and yet look at these shots!
On the mine site we were not immune either. Equipment damage, small land slides and even this...
Yep. That's a sea container. A great big metal sea container. Oh yeah, and those are cyclone tie-downs next to it - the big solid concrete slabs with high-tensile wires? They're to stop the container lifting off in a cyclone. That entire unit was swept off by the flooding waters and dumped where you see it there, part way up the slope.
Pretty extreme, huh?!