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Recent RainsRubicon floods August 31st 2005

Well the Bureau of Meteorology predicted heavy rains and for once they were right (sorry Brian- I just couldnt resist!). We got bucket loads of the wet stuff over the past 48 hours and the local rivers were showing the effects with the Rubi and Acheron well out of its banks and many roads inaccessible.

The Rubicon was higher than we have seen it for several years and actually broke through at Tumbling Waters which is something we do not see too often. The road between ThorntonRubicon floods August 31st 2005 and Tumbling Waters was cut off for a period and many other roads in the district were also closed for a period on Wednesday.

As you can see from the photos there was a lot of water in the immediate vicinity of town. Photo 1 shows thge very last house in Thornton on the road to Alexandra and the entire area between town and the river is inundated. Click on the image for a larger more detailed pic.

Photo 2 shows the road just of town that leads to the Rubicon and is affectionately known to those that fish it as 'the tennis court road'. There is one low swail on this road and those that know itRubicon floods August 31st 2005 will be able to imagine how much water is running through it in the photo. Impassable unless you have a hovercraft.

Photos 3 & 4 are of the main road out front of the 'tennis court' house about 800 metres out of Thornton towards Alexandra. This gully was a large flowing river and where it backed up was a huge lake. Amazing to see.

The last photo is of the picnic area at Tumbling Waters as the water receded. It was still a raging torrent at 1pm Wednesday and when David pulled up there about two hours before me on his Rubicon floods August 31st 2005way to Melbourne and found two inexperienced kayakers about to gear up and tackle it having never seen the river before. Madmen!

Its great to see some typical spring rains again with plenty more to come between now and mid-November. The lake will really benefit from downpours such as this and its great to see the ground wet and plenty of runoff occurring. Lets just hope the rivers clear just a little for the weekend. Even for just a little dry fly fishing on Opening Weekend. Maybe Sunday night!!

 

Rubicon floods August 31st 2005

** Bonus pic of the shallow depression running out by the 'tennis court' house. A raging torrent**

 

 

Rubicon floods August 31st 2005

 

 

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