Location: Manning Valley
Date: June 2011
June 18, 2011. As I wrote the Waffle page today and mentioned
how well the new road outside my house survived the recent torrential rains,
I discovered that I hadn't posted the album of all the pics I took of the
roadworks back in March 2010. So here it is!
here for the photo album.
June 17, 2011. Yesterday, I went shopping after several days
of staying indoors out of the torrential rain. I knew there would be some
local flooding but I wasn't expecting what I saw downtown. Queen Elizabeth
Park which runs along the bank of the Manning River on the east
side of the Martin Bridge was entirely underwater, as well as the road
that runs along the foreshore. I discovered later that far more damage
had occurred further up and down stream but I only ventured as far as the
shot of the park I took a few years ago. And
here's another one. All that area was submerged yesterday. Here's a
shot I took from the park looking
toward the war memorial.
The first flooded area I noticed as I drove down Commerce St toward
the bridge was the council carpark just a block from my house. It was a
huge lake! Then I parked in Victoria St and walked over to the river park
where I took a few pics. There were quite a few people there with cameras.
At the bottom of Pultney St (which used to lead to the old punt before
the bridge was built in 1940) the water was still lapping at the foundations
of the city council building on the west side of the street, and the old
RSL club on the east side. There's a restaurant on the ground floor of
the old RSL club and I spoke to the owner who told me that the water was
lapping just below the window sills when the river peaked the previous
night. Had it gone inside, it would have ruined the carpet and furnishings.
But we joked about issuing diners with wet suits and snorkels. "But how
on earth would you pour the wine?" I asked. One of the restaurant staff
was outside hosing silt from the roadway so that customers wouldn't walk
the stuff into the premises.
The restaurateur said he was lucky, and spoke of the seafood restaurant
downstream at Manning Point, which is right on the water's edge at the
mouth of the Manning. He said it would have been devastated. Meanwhile,
this flood has been the worst for 30 years. The last BIG one occurred back
in 1978. And there I was at home blissfully unaware that just two blocks
away all this was going on!
Actually, there's a rowing club a bit further along from where I was.
stores all the boats underneath at ground level. I sure hope they got
all the boats out before the flood. The sailing club is down that way too
with a restaurant right on the riverbank.
One neighbor I spoke to said that she's never seen rain like it. "I've
been in Cairns (tropical north Queensland) and seen the monsoonal rain
up there but nothing like Taree's been getting this week." Click
here for the photo album.
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