And the rains came…

and the rains came…. is part of 100 word challenge # 50, with a prompt of ‘the rain turned the road into a river.’



It was 1985.  It had rained solidly all week in Scottburgh.  A three day drizzle was accepted as the norm in this coastal town of Natal, South Africa, where, ofcourse, water had an escape route.  Across the bridge was the road to Durban. 

No one fretted.  Rumour had it that inland, up river, it also rained and livestock were in danger.  By evening the rain turned the road into a river. 

We slept.  In the morning our bridge was gone; large chunks of concrete stuck up out of the beach near the sea; along with debris, common in a flood.  Our lives controlled by the water God.

A fancy dress opportunity! So topical it won us first prize!


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Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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15 Responses to And the rains came…

  1. AND…I need details (sorry, I’m an analytical)…….???????????????????????????//.

  2. Eveline Mc Nally says:

    Funny to see Michele,Tammy ,Lindy and Shani (head cut off) I still have those pictures I remember we would not have got home from Durban if we had not turned Back in the storm!

  3. Lorraine ForT says:

    must have truly happened…and it’s a nice snippet from which a larger story could grow. nicely done!

  4. liz2you says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

  5. Gilly Gee says:

    Gosh what a sad story!

  6. From the photo, I gather this was something that really happened? Anyhow, nice dramatization of how we can be taken by surprise just when we think “it can’t happen to us”!

    • liz2you says:

      This is so true.
      Theoretically, we are sitting up on the cliffs overlooking the disasters happening below us; forgetting that lightening strikes from above!
      Bit morbid!!

  7. TBM says:

    I didn’t know about this sad event. How horrible and it shows how devastating nature can be.

  8. Delft says:

    I love the matter-of-fact, accepting tone of the piece. So calm in the face of calamity.

    • liz2you says:

      I suppose it is the way that you become, as you accept the ever changing challenges of Africa.
      You’re dealt the blow and with hope and a lot of sunshine you get through it.

  9. Not quite sure if this is adorable based on the costumes, or rather serious based on the reality. Either way, it’s well written and very descriptive. Good work!

    • liz2you says:

      Thanks for the visit.
      My posts on South Africa- explanation- you have to realise that it is a big ruthless chunk of country with huge space and huge weather. I didn’t make little of our problem, only another day!

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