Re: Floods in Australia
- Yes Kathy
that is the old bridge you see in the panorama. A very picturesque structure from some angles. This flood on Monday was only about 60cm short of the 1974 flood levels but the town is much better protected now.
Here is a panorama from the main levee protecting the town centre.
Predicted rain today and tomorrow could be heavy enough to cause a major disaster as the river level is still well over the town centre elevation .. as you see in the panorama.
(Ah but to be parochial for a moment, them Wagga 1974 floods werent nothing compared to the Dubbo 1956 ones .. which were just down the end of my street .. endless fascination for the young me :-)
Back to the present day -- Along the river in Wagga there are long stretches of majestic old river gums whose health depends on periodic flooding so there is definitely an upside to the event .. and people were making the best of it too in various (certainly officially disapproved) ways.:
this is a partial panorama -- with my Sony Nex + 16mm Sony lens (24mm equivalent) in Sweep Panorama (in-camera processing) mode.
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Kathy Wheeler <kathyw@...> wrote:
> On 12/07/2010, at 10:27 AM, panovrx wrote:
> > http://www.mediavr.com/floods2010wagga1.htm
> Hey! I grew up in Wagga. I remember dad going off to fill sandbags in the 1974 floods! That gated off bridge looks like the old original bridge at the end (well back then it was) of the main street??
> > The new PTGui Mask feature was handy to make sure I got the splashed water from the truck stitched properly.
> I really should upgrade my old PTGui ...
> > The observant will notice the crowd isnt all looking in the right direction.
> Watching flood water rise can get pretty boring (as long as the levees hold ;-) Which in this case apparently they did. The Murrumbidgee peaked at 9.4m (I think) instead of the 10m predicted (the levees are supposed to be good for 9.9m).
> Unfortunately more rain is predicted for this week, up to 100mm more. So there may be more floods to photograph yet!