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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

C is for Catastrophe on the Clarence


The Clarence River has recorded a record flood over the last four days. The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Oswald saw the four major tributaries each flood at the same time, a very rare event, and wreck havoc across the valley. Grafton's levee system was over-topped in a small number of locations but overwhelmingly it saved the city from a disaster that can not even be conceived of.
This is the 4th major flood in 3 years: the mental, physical and monetary damage it has done to farmers the length and breath of one of eastern Australia's breadbaskets is incalculable.
If you want to see more shots go to my other blog Clarence River Floods


12 comments:

  1. So sorry to see this! I hope things improve quickly for everyone.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  2. Wow, that truly is a catastrophe. I hope things change quickly.
    How sad for the farmers and everyone touched by the floods.

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  3. On the news this morning they said there was no problem, no floods! I must have heard it wrong!
    Keith.

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  4. It's been brutal. Stay safe.

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  5. Australia's taking a beating, weatherwise, this season.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  6. The weather world wide is changing and so many disasters...

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  7. Crazy weather at the moment, absolutely crazy. Glad the levy held.

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  8. Awful climate change- we reap what others have sown- stay safe.

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  9. I have been following the news about the Clarence River system! I can barely believe the scenes! Catastrophe hardly seems strong enough to explain the lingering damage to people's souls! Here on my Mornington Peninsula, we have been cold enough over the last couple of days to wear warm jackets - at least till late this afternoon! And it's supposed to be summer! Crazy weather indeed!

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  10. Crazy weather! Parts of the world are getting too much rain, and other places not hardly any rain at all.
    Wishing for you a speedy recovery from these floods
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  11. We are brand new the Clarence Valley, having moved from SA just a few weeks ago. I got tired of only ever seeing brown dirt, and wanted to go somewhere where there was green trees and water - guess I got my wish! It's been an experience, that's for sure. Fortunately, all dry here (at our home in Ulmarra), despite much of the town going under.

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