Diamantina water - Heading to Lake Eyre

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 13:15
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Morning all - water is steady in Birdsville at 7.75m this lovely day. Clear sunny skies, light breeze, temperature 35. Water is past Pandie Pandie and for those who know the Birdsville Track is down as far as Blue Ute but not cutting the road yet. Should be Clifton Hills soon. another push coming behind. Peaked at Roseberth last night at 19ft 11ins and more water pushing down the Farrars (runs parallel with Diamantina north of Birdsville.) and from rains at Monkira. Someone flying around having a look today.
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Reply By: Mixo - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 13:47

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 13:47
Stop it....stop it Ruth....we all wanna be there to see it !The car, the boat, the camper, the radios - is that all there is to life ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:55

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:55
What's stopping you?
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 14:45

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 14:45
looking promising .
is that farrahs gold?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:56

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:56
It's no wonder you're Grilled Toonfish.
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Reply By: Wombat - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:03

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 15:03
What are the odds of Lake Eyre filling?"Live today as if there may be no tomorrow"

Wombat
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 16:00

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 16:00
Well Wombat, it's like this. The odds are on the Lake filling - fairly poor. But there will be water going into the Lake. Not sure the status of the Lake at the moment. I will be able to tell you when the water reaches the Lake though, that is, through the Warburton Groove in the very top of the Lake.
Ian and a mate have gone for a fly just now with one of the property owners - lucky ducks, incredible flying over the water. There is a fair current in the water at the moment and with the SE blowing it's all on the town side. Hope the NW comes and blows it over the other way.
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 17:49

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 17:49
Hmmm!

I'm halfway through reading K. Weidenbach's book "Mailman of the Birdsville Track" - Tom Kruse had some problems crossing the track when it was wet - understatement!Subaru Forester
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:44

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:44
Colin, have you seen the video "Back of Beyond" - shows you how Tom would unload that old truck by hand at Cooper Creek, load it onto the punt and back onto another truck on the other side. He could lift those 44 gal drums of fuel by hand. He was well noted for his strength. He's the loveliest man to meet and I could listen to him talk about his adventures for hours. It was a matter of honour for him to complete the mail runs, no matter how long it took him. We squeak if the A/C doesn't work or there's a bit of mud or something 'u beaut doesn't work on the vehicle. Good book, eh!
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Reply By: StephenF - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 13:39

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 13:39
I'm looking at a satellite picture now. As Ruth says, the Diamantina water is near Clifton Hills. The Cooper looks like it's passed Durham Downs and the Bulloo is near Bulloo Downs. There also looks like a bit in the Paroo near Wanaaring.

Still a long way from Lake Eyre though.

Stephen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 16:40

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 16:40
Hey Stephen - where are you looking at the satellite please? The Cooper is already at Nappa Merrie that's from BOM river Heights.
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Reply By: StephenF - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 17:13

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 17:13
I work for BOM. The satellite pictures are very broad scale so it's hard to say exactly where the water ends.

Stephen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 21:45

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 21:45
StephenF - just got back in and checked this post. No wonder you can look on the satellite. The pilots flying over Goyders Lagoon yesterday and a couple of people hurrying home to Birdsville across Goyders Lagoon on Thursday advised that the water was pouring (like a very fast tide) - the driving ones were hurriedly skirting around the water. The pilots reported the water was still going across Goyders. Haven't had a report on the Cooper since Friday - but we've been busy with Elections and no telephones for several hours today (gremlins again in town).
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