Sunday, January 1, 2012

To The Rescue, Through Eight Feet of Floodwater

Here in Vermont, 2011 was the wettest year on record. We endured spring flooding in April, record flooding along Lake Champlain in May, wicked flash flooding in central Vermont, also in May, and of course Tropical Storm Irene, whose flooding was Vermont's worst disaster since 1927.

The weather was pretty bad all over the world in 2011. The United States suffered through at least 12 disasters costing more than a $1 billion apiece.

The bad global weather continued to the end of the year. In Australia, Melbourne, technically had a white Christmas. That's hard to do, considering it's summer there, but one of the worst hailstorms battered the city on Christmas.

The storms unleashed tornadoes, wind and floods. Which leads us to this video. You're not supposed to drive into floodwaters. But Austrailian firefighters drove their truck into flood water eight feet deep.

According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, the firefighters didn't think the water was that deep, they decided to just keep going and hope for the best.  Officials said it was an error of judgement, but nobody got hurt, and no discipline is anticipated.

The video is unbelievable:

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