I had to look up the word cyclone to understand the storm you have been through. I'm glad your family came through it safely. When I was a teenager, a tornado came across the ridge where my aunt and I were in her home. Before it reached her home it jumped off the ridge and sailed into the valley below her house. We actually watched it go through the big window in her front room. It is the kind of devastation you never forget. Your family is blessed.
Much of the problem can be the bad way we designed, or maintained, the infrastructure or even where it was built. Massive storms, earthquakes, etc. have been happening for thousands of years. We're still learning how to build to survive nature. Maybe it's time to learn how to live with it instead.
Hope you and all those down there are safe and get back to being dry and comfortable soon.
I to am glad to hear your doing better. Out west were into the second day of spring, waiting for a major storm with lots of rain for LA and that area, but the high desert will be lucky if we get 1/2 inch of rain. Take the good with the bad.
So glad you found the real problem and are on the road to recovery. Here in Florida summer is on its way, kicking and screaming. We had a modestly warm February but now March has turned colder, 36 degrees F this morning.
It is almost the end of Summer here and we can hope it remains warm into March. It has been a dreadful Summer and has ended with a cyclone that devastated parts of NZ. Here in Taupo we were not flooded but there is a lot of fallen trees and damage. another big issue has been the 'slash' timber left over from tree felling that has floated down river and wrecked bridges etc. Death toll has reached 12 and there will be more. There is no doubt drainage and infrastructure were sadly lacking but in the end with a storm this size no amount of drainage would have stopped the ruin and flooding. My family is truly lucky.