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The Receeding Flood (2013)

I usually visit this river crossing because of its serenity. But the river isn't always serene. In this photo, the bridge is still underwater, but the debris in the foreground fence testifies to the fact that a major flood is receding.

This flood peaked on Sunday 27th January 2013, and was the 3rd highest flood known since 1850 to have passed down this river. The previous greater floods were in 1955, and 1893. This particular flood was remarkable for the speed at which it rose. It reached its peak in 6 hours from almost no discharge to a roaring torrent. At Borumba Dam spillway a few kms upstream, the water level peaked at 6M over the spillway. For those who live downstream, watching the Board of Meteorology website was scary, for the plot of the spillway gauge heights was showing this exceptionally rapid rise with there being no way of knowing when it was going to peak.

Flood related incidents resulted in all electricity, telephone (landlines, internet and mobile) services being cut for four days.

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  • Uploaded on January 30, 2013
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    by Ian Stehbens