Outback ferry may ply floodwaters

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 12:40

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 12:40
Pity the pic is the same blurry one at the top of the thread posted a week ago. To see 3 clear pix of the ferry go into Places and type in Cooper Creek ferry. As to whether it runs, there was an awful lot of dry sand along the Cooper 2 months ago. But rain fron TC Laurence in December, then a big dump in Feb over Moomba has saturated the sand dunes. Now this latest flooding in the Channel country will take two months to reachBirdsville as the Cooper only flows at 3 km per day. The $64 question is which factor wins, infiltration or flow.... W
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:03

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:03
That should be "two months to reach the Birdsville TRACK". Two pix from Bom to show how much rain has fallenImage Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:26

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:26
"The $64 question is which factor wins, infiltration or flow...."

I'm giving "flow" a very good chance in this instance, for the very reason that you have outlined.. The ground over which the Cooper has to flow is already well saturated..

Add to this the fact there is still a heck of a lot of water upstream of Windorah, and I reckon the odds favouring a ferry ride are looking better by the day...

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:51

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:51
Hi Ed
I have a 4 day weekend booked for early May in anticipation for a quick trip up to Etadunna and a ferry ride over the Cooper across the Birdsville Track. My son can not get back to Roma and Injune from all the rain and it is still making all time records. There were even reports on the radio this morning that St. George may go under water and the whole town evacuated. All that water has to go somewhere and the ground is all under water, so instead of being soaked into a parched earth, it should be all run off. I will give Patsy and Jason another call in a months time for the latest.

Lets hope that it does cross, as it will make more great pictures.



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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:22

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:22
Stephen,

Don't believe everything you hear on the radio ;)

As soon as I can get my father on the phone I will post what the current situation is in St George. He is the Disaster Relief coordinator in St George, so will have more knowledge than a journalist.


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:30

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:30
I have just spoken to my father, they are now expecting a peak of 14m which is 2m above the handrail height.

As a precaution they are evacuating the Retirement Village/centre.

The rain that fell last night is causing more issues.

Will update the situation in St george as I get it. There is another meeting at 9am QLD time so when i get details from that I will post again.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 14:03

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 14:03
Hi Kev
Thanks for the first hand update.


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