Flood reading - 3:00 p.m.

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 17:15
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Diamantina River at Roseberth Station now 17 foot 9 inches. Bridge at Birdsville 3.15m (still about 3m under the bridge). Causeway looks awesome and water already backing up the creek/channel trying to head into the billabong. Expecting big rise tonight. Liquid refreshments on truck today - no need to panic.
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 18:47

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 18:47
so is this all gonna end up in Lake eyre or not.

I've heard conflicting reports, what do you (the experts) reckon?

I can organise about 10/11 days in mid year if it's gonna be a good one.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 00:41

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 00:41
far from being an expert but looking at maps of a lrge area and topographical ones i would say yes it will help flood lake eyre .
plenty of people predicting it?
would love to see it like it was a few years back they think this flood will beat it?

hope this offends no flood victims!

now to plan my visit the interior .1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 15:41

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 15:41
Ok Dave and Toonfish. Yes the water from the Diamantina will probably get into Lake Eyre but too soon to tell as we are unable to predict how much water we have - depends on flow and how long it stays up. Diamantina water has a long way to travel - and down through Goyders Lagoon (lovely blacksoil flats with cracks the size of a Nissan) and further down and into the Warburton Groove in the top of Lake Eyre. Just remember what I said in a post a week or so back, that the reason Lake Eyre filled in 2000 was because of huge rains on the western side of the Lake - the Neale and Macumba Rivers started to fill the Lake before the Diamantina got near it - remember also that the water in the Cooper NEVER reached the Lake at all,(got to 2 klms from Birdsville Track) and further remember that there has been no local rain in Birdsville, the Simpson or the western side of the SD.(so far). Having said that, anywhere the water touches will be green and beautiful and the flowers should be exquisite, not to mention all the waterbirds and ground birds which will return. We normally have about 100 species of birds in and around Birdsville and I will be pleased to see them come back.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 17:38

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 17:38
Who knows but a professional Hydrologist on a weather forum I frequent made the following statement on the 29th Jan:

The flows are still at least a 3-4 weeks away from entering Lake Eyre!

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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 15:32

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 15:32
Sorry to take so long answering guys, bit busy checking the floods and socialising.Ok so overnight we had a 1m rise which was terrific. Managed to get across the bridge and out to the Nine Mile on top of the sandhill looking out at water water everywhere. Last night we went to Nine Mile and on to Roseberth Station which is built high up on stony bluff above the water - just awesome in late afternoon almost completely surrounded by small islands and water and river flowing very fast. Got there are 7:00 p.m. and left at 10:00 p.m. and water was just coming over the road at the Nine Mile. In Birdsville you cannot recognise the causeway and can't get anywhere near it. The water has backed up from the causeway into a channel/creek and is flowing into the billabong. Overnight tonight the lower level of the caravan park will start to fill - then we will have somewhere to park the boats. At the bridge the water is now about two feet under the bridge but already flowing over the bitumen just west of the bridge and creeping steadily across the flats from the south (backing up from the causeway) and from the north so by later this afternoon we won't be venturing out to the bridge anymore. Can't give any more height readings until the water comes up near the town grid where the next lot of markers are. Durrie Station recorded it's peak last night and had dropped about 4 inches this morning. Still rising at Roseberth Station today (30 klms away). Tonight we are having Pizzas at the river - meaning somewhere on the bitumen towards the bridge. This morning we all got together for cappuccinos and pikelets. I am trying to load the photos today but the computer may end up in the flooded river - I will advise.
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Reply By: Member - Eskimo - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 17:26

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 17:26
another couple of feet and you'll be able to berth the Queen MaryWow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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