Flooding

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:41
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The Diamantina started to move quickly yesterday. At Durrie Station today it went from 7ft2ins (please note Imperial measurements) this a.m. to 9ft at lunchtime and 10ft6ins at dark. Between Durrie and a place called Stoney Crossing (find the Birdsville-Windorah Road about 60 klms from Birdsville - track going across to Birdsville-Bedourie Road and comes out at Carcoory Bore - well Stoney Crossing is about 1-2 klms in from Bdv-Win Road), anyway just north of here the River is 20 klms wide. The old causeway has a good run on it - moving fast but not yet deep (no fish jumping yet). Be interesting to see what happens as all the waterholes in this downstream end have water in them from Christmas rains. At this stage it looks as if will be up fast and maybe go fast. The reading upriver at Monkira this a.m. was still 4.10 metres - was 5 metres last Thursday at the peak. There's a lot of water coming. Am taking two digital shots in the a.m. - one of the causeway and one of the bridge showing the metre reading markers. Remember that the 20 klms wide River has to squash into the 4 klms wide channel to come past Birdsville - the channel being the section from the town grid (on eastern side) to the bridge on the river (the channel & billabong fill first). Funny to watch and sounds like a "babbling brook'. Outer stations are coming in for their last "Happy Hour" tomorrow night for a while.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:52

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 22:52
Are you going to post the pics somewhere. Amazing to think of 20km wide river and the huge amount of water that there must be. 4km wide channel seems pretty impressive to me - compared to my 20 metre wide Yarra!
Sounds like Happy Hour will be a hoot!2001 Landcruiser 100S Turbo Diesel
"We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing"
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 23:02

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 23:02
Happy Hour - 6 to 7 every Friday night in the Pub. Yes I was thinking of posting them - but not sure where? I'll be loading them onto my file - thought that if I took same shots each day as the water rose it might give you an idea of what it is like. Someone will come up with an idea. Still no rain but bit cooler today - only 28 when the day started and only got to 42 I think. Almost needed to turn the A/C off today.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 23:46

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 23:46
On one of your other posts a guy offered to host them on his website - would be good for everyone to see (or just email them to me at mcdfamily@bigpond.com and I will enjoy them with my family!! lol)2001 Landcruiser 100S Turbo Diesel
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:02

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:02
Morn'n Ruth
As you know we were intending to be in the SD and thereabouts in a couple of months. So we will be watching your personal reports with interest and thanks. Would like to be at HO tonight with the locals. Good luck with it all and keep the coffee dry.Carpe Diem
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 03:13

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 03:13
Ruth,
If the CP became an advertiser, you could post a Press Release free of charge to ExplorOz as often as you liked containing pics and reviews and updates about Birdsville...Regards Michelle,
Spread the word - ExplorOz.com
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:27

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:27
Got my card yesterday Michelle, thank you. Was wondering when you'd have a go at me about the advertising - you're quick today! I'll have a look when I get back from the pictures. Email from Sandy yesterday also with some diving photos - I'm very envious.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:14

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:14
Also Ruth, it would then make it easy for us to book accomodation with the CP.Just Do It!

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Reply By: Darian Powell - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:56

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 08:56
Ruth.....as mentioned in a previous post reply, if you want to mail the pics to me as email attachments I can publish them for you on a "Ruth's Birdville/Diamantina Pics" page, at www.vks737.on.net (email.......darian@picknowl.com.au). Just set the cam to a reasonable resolution size so that the pics are not too large to send (pics the size of a barn on your puter screen will take ages). Whatever.... our VKS737 members and other visitors to the site would be very interested.Drag me away from this keyboard.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:30

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 09:30
Morning everyone - thanks for the replies. Thanks Darian for the offer - might take you up on it today. Report this a.m. is - Roseberth Station (30 klms from Birdsville) 10 ft 11 ins and rising at 1 foot per hour - water moving very fast. Old causeway - the concrete is now completely covered and lots of frothy foam (new water) and also moving quickly.
Phone ringing - more after pictures
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Reply By: Mike - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 10:38

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 10:38
Hi Ruth, sounds exciting. Hope to see you again in July, will wait and see if you can post those piccies. Does the park get a flush out when the billabong floods?

Happy trails, mike.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:02

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:02
Happy Trails, where have you been? Yes the lower level goes under and it's on the lower level that we sail and tie the boats up just under the Motel part. Just back from the river - levels at 10:45 a.m. are:
Durrie Station - 11'6"
Roseberth Station - 11'11"
Bridge at Birdsville - 1.7m
Causeway - no fish yet today with secret fishing tackle (just no high enough) NOTE: a good flood at Durrie is 10ft - yahoo.
Cocka if you're on - just going for a cappa now! What do you want - Long Black/Flat White/Macchiato? Hope the supply truck gets in from Adelaide tonight - last chance for fresh milk for a while - bet he doesn't stay long.
Looking forward to a flood in the billabong to clean the blasted bulrushes out - just got rid of the lignum around the edges and made it more parklike and came home to find heaps and heaps of bulrushes (they like the salty water from the overflow of the bore - you can tell where the bore drain is just by watching the bulrushes). Catch you all later. No photos yet - the photographer is AWOL. (His A/C isn't working and he been having a tanty - poor baby - as a plumber he's not much good with A/C).
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Follow Up By: Mike - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:31

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:31
Howdy Mate. I've been lurking. Had modem probs which made posting a pain, but a new modem has fixed that. Also had some pretty heavy chemo over the last 5-5 months which has slowed me down a bit. We're hoping to get up to your way mid year, but time will tell.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 22:41

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 22:41
Hello Ruth,

Hope you stay safe and don't get flooded out.

Cheers
Willem

Googs Lake camp
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 17:12

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 17:12
Happy Trails - not good about the modem. Very not good about the medication - you need to borrow some of Willem's! Looking forward to seeing you in July though.
Now, Andrew and Jen: Hmmmm, usual things - how long is a piece of string? How does wind blow? How would you describe the flavour of water? More seriously - don't think you will have any problem getting here by Easter. Innamincka might be out though - Cooper Water is already registering this morning at Nappa Merrie.
Cocka - no rain whatsoever in SD or on western side and unknown yet about water in Eyre Creek - whether enough water to pass Muncoonie Lakes and travel south. If there is no rain you can get in and out of the SD - just not sure which way to go after that. Once the water travels south in the Diamantina into Goyders Lagoon means the Inside Track will be out (and for a very long time too) but no reason why you can't travel west to east and then north to Bedourie. Who knows, you are talking May so should be travelling ok by then. Roads in our part of Queensland opened and closed in conjunction with Shire Council and Police - roads in South Australian by Road guys. SD our side, mixture of Police, Qld Ranger and SA Parks.
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