In this photo you'll see that some of the trees are "drowning". This is my favourite Windermere Dam and it is now 87% full! They have stopped releasing water downstream for a while because the river is sodden and further downstream Burrendong Dam is 133% full. There is flooding out that way (Wellington and Dubbo) again this weekend.
We have never seen this dam so high, hence trees that are usually on dry land are being inundated. The islands in the lake have disappeared and as we drive past it's interesting to see water now reaching into unexpected places.
I have to keep my wits about me when driving the local roads these days, there are pot holes galore. The council is doing a wonderful job of maintenance but they can't keep up with the constant damage.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the big wet is going to continue a while longer. That means fast growing green grass and lots of mowing again this season. None to worry, it is going to be a lot easier with Joan's new garden helper.
It is difficult to imagine a dam 133% full. I wonder when the last time Windermere was this full.ReplyDelete
I checked and Burrendong dam has an additional 50% of flood mitigation capacity above its 100% capacity. There is conflicting info on when Windemere was last this full but it seems it was about 20 years ago.Delete
What a difference a bit of water makes to the lake! Have fun with your new toy.ReplyDelete
It's wet to use my new toy today!Delete