In the last half an hour (and it was no more, because I timed it) we had more rain bucketting down than I think we've had all year! Our drains were overflowing, the downpipes were squirting water out of the joint a foot off the ground, and the water flow was washing gravel off the driveway in rivers. Sometimes it was hailing at the same time, 2-3mm hailstones. We have an aggie pipe across the north side of the house to drain running water aside from the slab, but it was overloaded, and the water was 10cm deep against our house, according to the watermark on a bucket there. Luckily our slab is a fair bit higher than that (thanks to council termite regulations).
Nathan said we should check the guinea pigs, and I put on my raincoat (!!) and checked Poppy and the babies in the box in the Mt Cobaya hutch... poor things were drenched, running around in at least 2cm of water (up the shallow end), and unable to get out because the doorway was tilted down, and therefore flooded nearly to the top in that spot! Nathan hoisted it up onto a flat spot on the hill. All the other ones were ok, though the boys were a bit wet. Guess they were caught outside unexpected. Plus, I must have forgotten to fasten down the roof on one of the hutches; it was blown 10 meteres away.
All the land around us was in puddles. Bizarre! This morning Nathan was hoisting buckets of spa water outside to water his little sequoias, and now the whole place looked drowned. Mind you, when Nathan was moving the guinea pig box he scraped the dirt, and it was dry a centimeter below the surface! But that will soak in a bit.
The annoying thing is that I won't have to water my vege patch (with the new watering system Nathan built me) for a few days! Every day since he finished it it's rained! lol.