I think Johnny will be back at school on Monday. I'm not sure if we will be at my school because the sewerage and water may not be sorted. The Selwyn District Council is now advising us to reduce water usage (including limiting showers and flushing) and to boil all drinking water. We're lucky at home because we've still got water and electrical services plus the toilets are working. Not sure where the pipes end up though, which is why we have to reduce waste water output. We've got plenty of food because the Lincoln supermarket was open today, plus we've got heaps of veges. Fortunately I was able to get my paws on some chocolate today. Oh, the relief.
We've been waiting anxiously to hear the names of the people killed as we don't know if we know anyone. The Crafty Neighbour arrived in tears this evening because one of the (most likely) deceased is someone she knows pretty well and she just heard. I'm sure there will be many more moments like that. I think most of the people I know directly in Christchurch are accounted for, but you never know. Not being originally from Christchurch means I don't have an extensive list of acquaintances, and most of them were safely in schools.
It is so hard to believe that so much of our beautiful central city is in ruins, and that there are so many dead people. I could walk into the city from where I work and there were water bottles sitting on desks in my classroom that didn't tip over. How much were the buildings in the central city weakened by the earlier earthquakes?
Hopefully I'll have something less earthquaky to report next time. Right now it is all we are thinking about.
Ps. Fortunately we are sleeping very well- most likely because we've already got so used to aftershocks after the thousands we've had over the past few months. Some people are reporting that the people of Canterbury are having "no sleep" due to the aftershocks.