Friday, 10 June 2016

The Flood, Launceston, Tasmania.

Lovely weather for the Ducks.  Came across this one whilst travelling around Launceston to view the water from the flood.

Some of my followers may know that Launceston and some surrounding areas have been in a bad flood.  In summer we were crying for it to rain, water was low to supply power, diesel generators were brought in and now they are able to return back to where they came from, now that lots of rain has fallen.
This rain didn't fall in Launceston but up in other areas thus flowing into two rivers that meet here in Launceston and coupled with a high tide all at the same time causes major flooding.  This time however, the high tide was at a different time when the water came gushing through.

Our city knew of this delima  should it happen again (last time was 1929) so levees were built over time and finished last year.  They worked!

2 people are missing still.
Cattle/sheep lost in the country areas.
Houses flooded in some low lying areas.
The list goes on.

Yesterday we headed off into the city, to take some photo.
Firstly going to the Trevallyn Dam, a long time since water has been over it.








Part of the Tamar River, wider than normal.


Headed to the Tamar River near the city.  Tamar Yacht Club on the left, and the water came up to the level of the far seat.
Lower photo of the same area.




Next door to the Yacht Club is this restaurant which is very popular.  It was flooded as we looked in the window.


Looking from the walkway at the Yacht Club is a pontoon, all the rubbish of logs and so on can clearly be seen.


To the right of the Yacht Club is Kings Park it's hear that one can go for a lovely walk. Where the lamp light is on the left of the tree, well that is the footpath.
On the right beyond the green grass is a brick wall with steps with the skate park behind it.
The below imagine gives some idea of the extra width of the Tamar River.




This is the King's Bridge and that little house is the gateway for a walk up the Gorge.


This is another bridge that goes over the river next to the King's Bridge.


The water coming down the Gorge.


Tranquil times on the Tamar [ here ] and [ here ]

46 comments:

  1. I hope the water will subside soon and life can resume for those affected.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, all seems ok with the water now it the after effect.

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  2. Margaret in some areas look dangerous. Take care and hugs from europe

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    1. Thanks Gosia. Car definitely needed but I was careful.

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  3. I did see this on the TV news, flooding seems to be happening all around the globe - Paris, here during last winter in our Lake District, the US, just what is going on.
    Your photos of it are dramatic, and the volume of water pouring over Trevallyn Dam is very impressive.

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    1. Yes, floods everywhere Rosemary. I recall up your way there were floods last year and bridges washed away.
      Beautiful site that Trevallyn Dam, it's certainly worth the trip there to see it.

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    1. I knew you would like that duck. Took it for you so you could see our duck.
      The roar of the water was magic even though it caused havoc.

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  5. Really lots of water.
    Your photos are so lovely, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. Always good to document such things that happen if one can.

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  6. I hope the water will subside soon. Beautiful photos of the water and the duck, Margaret!

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    1. Thanks Linda.
      Water has gone down now in most areas, it's the mess that's left behind now to be cleaned up.
      Inside houses, carpet, timber, walls and so on..

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  7. It sounds as if the levees were finished in just the nick of time. If not, it would have been worse. The water looks frightening in some of your photos, and it's too bad there are people missing. I'm sure that duck is happy, though!

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    1. I hate to wonder what damage the water would have done to the very low areas if the levees were not put in place. They cost a lot of money, but money can't bring back lives that no doubt would have been lost without them.
      Cute duck :)

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  8. The tv footage of the water coming down the gorge was extraordinary. I think we had brunch at the cafe next to the yacht club. It was a lovely sunny day and we sat outside. I guessed you were safely on high ground and we hope people recover quickly.

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    1. Lovely restaurant is that one, it's the one in the photo.
      We didn't go to the Gorge area itself, that was flooded and the chairlift was not going due to flood, working now.
      We live on top of a hill that's kind of flat so high up out of it we are. Thanks goodness.

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  9. Mother can create majestic environments that can be wondrous and deadly.

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  10. Your arrangement of photos adds to this post. Masterfully done. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you.
      I tried to put them in sequence the best I could.

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  11. Thank you. Beautiful and scary both.
    I hope normalacy returns quickly.

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    1. Thanks.
      Things are turning back to normal.
      We had lunch out in a Restaurant in the country today, saw bridges washed away, rubbish up against fences and so on...dreadful as floods are no matter where they occur.

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  12. The weather wherever you live does seem to be 'topsy turvey'.
    Many countries have had heavy rain and floods ... not easy to deal with, live through, they can cause loss of life and loss / damage to property.

    In times like this, we need to help each other.

    Your series of photo's work well, and I did like the duck!

    Keep safe
    Keep dry

    All the best Jan

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    1. Dear little duck came to meed me out of the water!
      Much tragedy in floods unfortunately no matter where they are.

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  13. We had problems here too but was surprised at the amount of water involved in your flood, had just watched a show on TV about the lack of water in Tasmania then all of a sudden you are in flood, hope all recovers we did need it but not all at once.
    Merle.........

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    1. Strange that Merle, drought one minute and flood the next. Thank goodness it has rained though even though it has cause lots of grief and heartache for many.
      Yes, floods up your way were shown on the news.

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  14. Excellent photography of the flooding situation in Northern Tasmania.
    That water in the gorge would take no prisoners that is for sure, including
    that sensible duck which was out of the flooded river, the Tamar.
    The bill for this all along the Pacific coastline of Australia in regard
    to this freak weather condition is astronomical and going up as further
    reports of damage comes to hand.
    Sorry to learn and read of the now reported loss of livestock. Obviously
    the farmers were not quick enough to move the cattle and sheep and that can happen
    in most flood times.
    A well done photographic report for your "overseas" viewers.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Thanks Colin.
      The bill is well over $100 thousand so it's said, that is a large amount for a small area of this island.
      Today we went to Kimberly where the farmer lost his cows, expensive cows at that. They the cows, some of them ended up dead in the Mersey River at Devonport and that is one of the reasons the Spirit couldn't sail before last evening. All have been removed now apparently.

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  15. That water looks powerful, fast and dangerous, and your photos capture it well.

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  16. It never rains but it pours...as the saying goes! You sure did have more than your fair share down that way...and more still. I'm glad you're okay, Margaret.

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    1. Thanks lee.
      Snow in the highlands overnight. All we need now is a hot summers day, and we will have had it all!

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  17. That photo third from the bottom looks like it's full of soap suds.
    Great action shots of the water pouring over the dam.
    I sent a text message to my friend J who moved to Tassie last year and was relieved to find out she isn't near enough to get flooded.

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    1. That photo does look like soap suds and heaps of them. My new header!
      Glad your friend is safe.

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  18. great photos! I hope the situation gets normal very soon!

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    1. Thanks Sussi, all is turning back to normal though a lot of repair work is needed.

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  19. The photos with the flowing water are just astonishing. I felt like I was being pulled under by the current.

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  20. The whole world seems to go from drought to floods. And some people still dispute global warming. I remember when my daughter was a little girl, we used to love to walk in the rain. But it was a fine gentle rain that soaked into the earth, not the kind of torrential downpours we get now which either bounce off the soil or wash it away.

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    1. That's true what water does do in some places.
      Not everyone believes in global warming so it seems - I half believe it if that's possible - there is something in it it seems.

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  21. I have seen on television the severe floods in his country, the photos that you incorporate in your blog are impressive.

    Kisses

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    1. My goodness, the floods have travelled far as in the news then..

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