Floods in Mid-Summer

@JudyEv (123140)
Bunbury, Australia
February 12, 2017 11:35pm CST
We took our Taiwanese visitors to Nannup in Western Australia. I've written about the rainy weather we've had here and the flood warnings. Nannup is one town that has had a number of major floods over the years. Rain which is falling in the catchment areas many miles from Nannup will eventually find its way into the Blackwood River which flows through the town. In the photo you can see the flood levels marked on a tree in the river-bed. The original tree which bore these markings fell over during the last flood and the markings have now been transferred to this tree. When the levels have been at their highest most of the town was under water. It will be interesting if we return to our summer weather and 40C heat and suddenly the river comes down in flood.
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@jstory07 (66951)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Feb 17
Those are high marks. Floods are never any good.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Some of the marks are very high aren't they
@allknowing (65014)
• India
13 Feb 17
Reading through posts here many are witnessing rare happenings vis-a-vis weather. No exception here either.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Certainly weather patterns seem to be changing - and not for the better.
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@allknowing (65014)
• India
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv It is pitch dark here at 6 in the morning which was never the case before
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
@allknowing I can't imagine that sunrise and sunset times would have changed unless it is because of cloud cover.
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@dfollin (12744)
• United States
13 Feb 17
Wow! We got a lot of floods here in the fall, matter of fact there were town destroyed. When is your summertime there?
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
It's summertime now. This rain is very unseasonal.
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@dfollin (12744)
• United States
14 Feb 17
@JudyEv I wish it was summertime here too!
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
@dfollin If you wait a while, I'm sure summer will come again. :)
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Feb 17
I am hoping that flood does not happen. I know there is the Oroville dam in California that is under threat and some evacuations have been ordered.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
We've just been hearing about this. They are talking 188,000 people to be evacuated from lower down. It staggers me how the authorities can deal with such numbers.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv It remains to be seen if they can really.
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@Juliaacv (30242)
• Canada
13 Feb 17
That's a pretty good idea that they came up with here. Some real differences in the levels over the years isn't there?
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
It is amazing where all the water comes from. And whatever the level reaches, it spreads over the whole area at that level.
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@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
13 Feb 17
That is a good way to record flood happening in the area. It could be use as learning purposes.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
That is true. Hopefully the authorities can learn from previous years.
@TRBRocks420 (77344)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Feb 17
Wow that's some crazy high water, those markings.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Yes, the whole town has been under once or twice.
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@Jessicalynnt (47854)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Feb 17
that 1946 flood must have been a doozy
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
Indeed. Everyone would have been looking for a boat I think.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Feb 17
@JudyEv I hope they had time to make it to a boat!
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 17
@Jessicalynnt We've had two deaths with the latest floods.
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 17
My goodness, looking at the flooding of 1946 I can easily imagine that the town was under water.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Possibly at that time there wouldn't have been much town to be flooded.
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv It's "only" 71 years ago, a very short time for OLD Europe.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
@LadyDuck But quite a long time for some of our smaller towns.
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@Bodyandbrain (13815)
• Gurgaon, India
13 Feb 17
Do people still live in those town?
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Yes, it is only a small town but quite vibrant with a busy community.
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• Gurgaon, India
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv where do they go when flood happens?
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
@Bodyandbrain I'm really not sure. Perhaps they go to friends in the district who aren't under water.
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• United States
13 Feb 17
I just hope there is sufficient ground that needs more saturation to soak up the excess water so no people have to be forced under it
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
It might take a while but it will all drain away eventually.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
@JudyEv I sure do hope so and lets NOT see anymore rainfall come your way before this stuff dries completely up !
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
@enlightenedpsych2 It is back to quite high temperatures again today.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
13 Feb 17
I hope the town does not become swamped under water again. Those water level marks are quite high.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
Some certainly are aren't they? They are now predicting minor flooding as water from the catchment areas comes downstream.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
13 Feb 17
@JudyEv Is this likely to damage property?
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
@Gillygirl I shouldn't think so and if it does, it should be minor and restricted to a few properties.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Feb 17
The highest mark, if I read it correctly is 1946, followed by 2005. Those were mighty high flood waters.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
Yes, that's correct. I guess in 1946 there wouldn't have been so many houses.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Feb 17
@JudyEv That could be.
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• China
13 Feb 17
According to the markings on the tree,You had a wide range of the flood levels over the years.We live close to the Yangtze river,now hardly have flood due to building water conservancy project.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 17
It is good if measures have been put in place to stop flooding. Water from the catchment areas are expected to arrive here in the next few days. It will be interesting to see what level the water reaches.
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• China
14 Feb 17
@JudyEv I wonder if there are many families evacuated from their homes,as you have a flood.
@Inlemay (16520)
• South Africa
16 Feb 17
wow - those are some flood levels - we have laws here that nothing may be built under the flood level of rivers which makes river houses quite a distance from the river edge as a safe guard.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 17
That's a good idea. There might be something like that in place here now but when the houses were built the idea of a flood of such magnitude was never thought of. The car-park from where I took the photo is now under water.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
wow you have had some big flooding there.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
Yes, it has been very bad sometimes.
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@snowy22315 (47072)
• United States
13 Feb 17
It never floods near my property, but surrounding areas sometimes flood. Low lying creeks and rivers will overflow their banks.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
That's pretty much what happens here. We are too high to have any problems.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Feb 17
Floods are definitely not fun. We had some major flooding two years in a row a couple years back. Wrecked quite a bit of the downtown area, including several businesses and apartments.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
I think I could face cleaning up after one flood but a second one would break my heart. I'd be moving.
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@Kandae11 (36843)
13 Feb 17
That would be very scary and dangerous.
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
They are putting out warnings about the rivers rising over the next few days.
@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
13 Feb 17
The tree is a very interesting idea. By the looks of it there has been high waters and lots of flooding some years,
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 17
Water from hundreds of miles away eventually finds its way to this river which is why it floods so often.
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