A recent trip through central Victoria reminded me of the dangerous and frightening threat posed by floods. Road closures, due to wide, fast-flowing rivers, highlighted the dangers threatening many small country towns.
I live on the lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. On most days recently, I have been walking to the end of my street. Here the fire track begins. The rough, sandy track forms a pathway through the bush, giving fire trucks access in the event of summer bushfires. The track becomes a series of pathways, the further you wander into the bush.