I spent the day today assisting others, mainly family members, sort things out with regards their homes and property after the earthquake. One of the big issues here in CHCH is the lack of sewage – most of the sewage pumping stations are out of action, and all residents have been asked not to flush toilets as this will back up in the system and eventually cause chaos.
The image above shows some of the long-drop toilets I built with my brother today, to distribute to family members – next task is digging the holes in gardens and back lawns and constructing some sort of privacy around them 🙂 We’re told it could be a month or more before the sewage system is repaired, such is the damage, so I want to be prepared.
And it’s not over – with the aftershocks still happening more damage is occurring. As I sit listening to the news in the background we have breaking news of 12 streets being evacuated in Sumner where falling rocks from a cliff are threatening homes. And with a number of schools seriously damaged, it could be some time before our kids are back at school.
I can’t help but reflect on how, in times of adversity, our focus returns to the basics and the things that are really important – something Maslow had right really!