The wet season weather has had us on our toes the past few days, with the monsoon dumping huge amounts of rain, while a tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria may generate some testing conditions.
That would keep you busy, and may explain you not remembering today is the sixth anniversary of cyclone Larry.
By March 20, 2006, we’d known for the best of a week that Larry was on his way. There was plenty of time for preparation. But this was the first time in many years that a severe cyclone threatened our larger population centres. And we’d all seen how the Bush administration made a mess of responding to hurricane Katrina in the U.S the previous year.
Larry was one of the most powerful cyclones to make landfall in Australia. It crossed the coast near the Johnstone River mouth, leaving a trail of destruction across Queensland, hitting farmers especially hard.
Suzanne Gibson and I made a five-part radio documentary called Remembering Larry. We trace its origins as a couple of thunderstorms in the eastern Coral Sea, and follow its journey deep into north Queensland. We chronicle the damage, and bear witness to the inspiring resilience and determination of far north Queenslanders to rebuild and recover.
REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 1: TROUBLE BREWING OUT IN THE CORAL SEA
REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 2: WE’VE HAD A BIT OF A BLOW
REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 3: WHERE THE HELL DO YOU START
REMEMBERING LARRY EPISODE 4: AND IT WON’T BE LIKE THIS TOMORROW
REMBERING LARRY EPISODE 5: “REMEMBERING LARRY”