Floods in VIC - everyone ok?

The Duckmeister

Has stumpy thumbs, Speciaized are so weird
Melbourne has some crazy random floods. Anyone remember the 2010(?) ones? I was at southern cross station on that day waiting for the skybus to the airport when it started getting bad.
The bus still left but within a few min there was water seeping in through the side door, looking out the window there were cars half under water and fucking hailstone icebergs floating around! And this was around north/west melb before we'd even left the city

we somehow made it to the airport - all cheered the driver.. then kinda realised that the airport had been smashed too so all the flights were delayed by like 6+hrs!
Bits of the Maribyrnong, particularly in the eponymous suburb are well-known for flooding, even when other areas aren't affected.

Into the centre of the city, Elizabeth St is built over the course of an old creek; if you look across the river from Southbank, you can see a quite large stormwater outlet that aligns with Liz St, which is a remnant of the old creek. In a heavy deluge in 1972 or '73, Liz St returned to its original state and flooded. My late grandfather worked in the city as a tailor, and recalled the occasion with an oft-retold tale... He had to pick up a pair of trousers from a client a few blocks away, so the easiest thing to do was walk there & back. The flood occurred between the out & back trips, so he had to walk through the water on his way back. So rather than mess up his own daks, he changed into the client's daks - in the middle of the city - 'cos they needed fixing up anyway, and it didn't matter if they got wet. :D
 

SummitFever

Eats Squid
Was staying in Melbourne once when a huge downpour filled the street below with about half a metre of water. Was garbage day and when the garbage truck came along its bow wave sent a whole bunch of parked cars floating off in various directions as it passed.

Good luck and best wishes to any of you burners suffering with this latest stretch of rain.
 

ozzybmx

call me Cáitín
Typical Jeep driver haha. Probably the first time it's been off road.. and it was still on road.
We were staying in Bright and went up to Hotham for lunch. Came across a bloke waving me down at a carpark... there it was, a black Jeep Wrangler stuck on top of a pile of iced snow that had been cleared into the corner of the carpark and this turnip decided to drive over it in his '4WD' that had never seen any action apart from Melbourne hook turns in its life.

It was balanced on the belly pan, rocking back and forward. I gave them advice on vehicle setup to prepare for getting off the ice pile, what to do as the vehicle rolled off and where to stop... then snatched them off the top of the ice pile.
I unhooked the snatch strap and started rolling it up, they drove off without even saying thanks.
 

rockmoose

Eats Squid
We were staying in Bright and went up to Hotham for lunch. Came across a bloke waving me down at a carpark... there it was, a black Jeep Wrangler stuck on top of a pile of iced snow that had been cleared into the corner of the carpark and this turnip decided to drive over it in his '4WD' that had never seen any action apart from Melbourne hook turns in its life.

It was balanced on the belly pan, rocking back and forward. I gave them advice on vehicle setup to prepare for getting off the ice pile, what to do as the vehicle rolled off and where to stop... then snatched them off the top of the ice pile.
I unhooked the snatch strap and started rolling it up, they drove off without even saying thanks.
Now THAT is surprising. Especially from a Jeep owner.
 

cammas

Seamstress
I don’t see the Youies opening back up this weekend as it would have got smashed last night, as the Bacchus to Geelong road was closed again this morning due to flooding, we only copped the edge of it in Bacchus and it was pretty horrendous

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mike14

Likes Dirt
Melbourne has some crazy random floods. Anyone remember the 2010(?) ones? I was at southern cross station on that day waiting for the skybus to the airport when it started getting bad.
The bus still left but within a few min there was water seeping in through the side door, looking out the window there were cars half under water and fucking hailstone icebergs floating around! And this was around north/west melb before we'd even left the city

we somehow made it to the airport - all cheered the driver.. then kinda realised that the airport had been smashed too so all the flights were delayed by like 6+hrs!
I needed to get a regional train out from Spencer St (after wading through knee deep water down Little Bourke St near the Myer.
The roof actually collapsed forcing them to close the train part of the station. Of course they did this by cancelling all the trains, lowering a barricade and providing no advice what so ever to the hundreds of people who suddenly realized that they had absolutely no way to get home.
I honestly thought there was going to be a min-riot break out and I almost got in a dust-up with one of the security guys while trying to explain to him that they needed to get someone out there with a microphone and a plan to help all these people out. Absolute shambles.

Fortuntely for me I managed to find a mate who had decided to head out the same way in his car, so managed to grab a lift.
 

The Duckmeister

Has stumpy thumbs, Speciaized are so weird
OK where I am, even though it's reclaimed swamp, so low & flat. The creek near my place runs underground for a few km, but in heavy rain it spouts up through vents in the tunnel & runs above ground. Its channel was well-filled but not overflowing.

Further downstream where it runs in a more natural course, it's about 700mm higher than normal. There's a canoe jetty where I launch to go for a paddle. It's two-level, with about 200-250mm difference between them, and the jetty frame & deck are about 250mm. Normally the water is a bit below the bottom of the lower beams, but when I went for a look after work the upper deck was barely above the water, and a photo I saw from this morning showed it completely under! Some low-lying properties that back onto the creek have water all the way to their back verandahs!


View attachment 393427Edit: pic taken after last week's intense dumping, with upper jetty deck just breaking the surface. It's about the same level now. Kinda impressive effort for a normally semi-tidal creek!
Visited this spot on my local a couple more times since it was this high. On Monday the level was 620mm below the top of the jetty deck (barely visible in this pic). After last night/this morning's rain it has risen 100mm.

EDIT: For geographic context, the beach is about 200m out of frame to the right, the mouth about 7km further down from this view. Bay tide has a small influence here, but not much. About 5km downstream from this vantage point there is a natural choke point in the creek, narrow & shallow. This reduces the tidal influence upstream, but also backs up water coming down.
 
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The Reverend

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Melbourne has some crazy random floods. Anyone remember the 2010(?) ones? I was at southern cross station on that day waiting for the skybus to the airport when it started getting bad.
The bus still left but within a few min there was water seeping in through the side door, looking out the window there were cars half under water and fucking hailstone icebergs floating around! And this was around north/west melb before we'd even left the city

we somehow made it to the airport - all cheered the driver.. then kinda realised that the airport had been smashed too so all the flights were delayed by like 6+hrs!
I arrived in Straya in 2010 and it's one of my most striking memories. People surfing through street on surfboards. Crazy
 

Cardy George

Piercing rural members since 1981
Cheers! I'll have a chat to Jezza too, we shared a camp in Melrose, they're good people, he'll tell me what he knows.

In the meantime, the river is full!



There's a track at the base of the cliff that leads to a little beach. It's currently under that dark patch of water.

Quoting myself so you can click on the pictures.





It's getting up there. From what I can work out we're about 4 meters over our average height, give or take. Echuca peaked at roughly 9 meters over their average. Happy to be corrected.


 

fjohn860

Crypto curious
Quoting myself so you can click on the pictures.





It's getting up there. From what I can work out we're about 4 meters over our average height, give or take. Echuca peaked at roughly 9 meters over their average. Happy to be corrected.


That's one way to negate the rigmarole of using a lock :oops: :eek::(
 
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