Tanami Closed

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 17:33
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Just read this...what a bugger

The main road from Alice Springs to the Kimberley region in Western Australia is closed because of flooding.

The Tanami Road is shut from The Granites Mine through to the WA border.

The Tanami region has had extensive rain recently because of a monsoon low in the area.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure expects the road to be closed for several weeks.

Cheers

Glenn
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:18

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:18
Much of that section has been improved, except close to the Granites mine. Sturts creek crossing is a concrete bridge now. So I suspect it will be open sooner than it would have been in the past, I bet it will need a good grading tho :-)
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Follow Up By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:52

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:52
At present Emergency services are predicting minimum two weeks for heavy haulage, with food currently being air lifted into communities of need.
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:21

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:21
I'm not surprised. Even on the first 200K of tar from Alice Springs there can be low lying water. They closed it briefly in June last year but the Buchnan was still open
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:35

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:35
Interesting weather patterns of late. NEVER (well ) used to rain 'round Darwin after Easter. As stated, rain stranded folk on many of the 'dry' roads last June. We heard 3" in B'ville, but people we spoke to were stuck from Eromanga to the Indian Ocean. (well )
Guess it reinforces the need for xs(?0 food and water.
Jeff H.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:32

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:32
Speaking as one of those who got caught out, you also need a thick book and a HF radio as entertainment. Sitting studying your nevel is fun for about 5 mts.......
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:36

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:36
Oops I meant naval of course. Sorry if your name's nev :))
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Follow Up By: Lyds- Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 22:27

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 22:27
lol. Nev's probably thinkin it would be fun.
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:42

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:42
Couple of weeks - that's optimistic.

Taken from the ABC news website after a search on "Tanami"

Feb 1st
"We have had 44 inches for the past four months. And we had 239 ml in one night which is bloody near 10 inches. For here alone we have broken a lot of records rain wise."

Feb 1st
"Jackie Farrand says 164 millimetres of rain has fallen at the roadhouse in the past 24 hours and 300 millimetres for the month of January.

"We wished for it for the last two-and-a-half years so that was not too bad but terrible winds and at 9pm last night we had the winds from the nor-west at 49 knots and at midnight, half an hour after midnight, it was still blowing at 44 knots," she said."

Tim
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:49

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 15:49
Looks like a decent wet season for the north from where Im looking. That has to be a good thing after so many dissapointments.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Hairy - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 12:50

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 12:50
Our local paper "The Advocate" on Friday showed a photo of security blokes from the Granites picking up belongings from a stranded tourists vehicle in a boat. So the road could be closed for a while!!!. Check out the Advoates web site there might be a photo on it.
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