December 9th, 2010 at 01:51pm
I had reason to get up to the flood-affected Captains Flat this morning (and did I regret that or what? I spent most of my time up there wondering if I’d be able to get back) and on the way back stopped off at the flood-affected Queanbeyan, although to get there I had to take the long way via Fyshwick as the main road through town was closed due to the flood.
I got some video and photos of the flood, although I wasn’t the only one by a long shot; I was actually quite surprised to see just how many people were standing around near the water either watching it, filming it or taking photos of it. Seven’s Jodie Speers turned up with a cameraman as I was leaving and, based on the footage they’ve put to air, the water rose a fair bit after I got out of there.
First up, here’s my video of a crane plucking a caravan out of the caravan park which was slowly flooding.
And my photos. This is why I was worried about getting back from Captains Flat. Captains Flat Road about 23KMs out of Captains Flat was flooded. It was passable, but only just. The water had risen slightly and the flow was faster when I came back through.
Jerrabomberra Creek was very close to flooding Canberra Avenue between Fyshwick and Narrabundah this morning. Apparently it did partially flood the road later on after I had left the area. Quite extraordinary for a creek which is normally a mere trickle.
Meanwhile downstream from Captains Flat and Queanbeyan, Lake Burley Griffin was copping the debris.
My best wishes go out to everyone who was and will be affected by the floods, both here and in other parts of the country. Hopefully the forecast upcoming week of sunshine comes to pass as I don’t think anyone can really take much more of this.