SPORTS clubs are dismayed by the latest flooding of the Tynwald Park sportsground, which is likely to leave the venue closed for several days right when junior football at the ground is winding down and cricket is getting ready to take over for summer.
Today’s flooding follows heavy overnight rain and is only three months since the last flooding event. Old-timers recall that the sportsground was once a hopfield – located by the river because of the high quality soil caused by flooding – and that occasional inundation is not unusual. Others see it as a sign of global warming, and people of both views have called for preventative measures to be carried out by the council.
The severe weather warning for the Upper Derwent Valley and other areas has been cancelled but a flood watch remains in place, along with a warning to sheep graziers for tonight. Bureau of Meteorology rainfall observations for the 24 hours up to 9am today indicate the main cause of today’s flooding around the Lachlan River. While the rainfall stations around New Norfolk, Moogara and Mt Lloyd, Gretna and Dromedary ranged between 14 and 24mm for the 24 hours, at Lachlan it was 60mm and on Mt Wellington it was 109mm.
Readers wishing to share their own photos from today’s flooding around the Derwent Valley are welcome to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 0417 387 577.
Lucky ducks, thank God there were no geese.
Of course a simple levee on the Tynwald side of the Lachlan River would solve the situation. I continue to be amazed at the lack of lessons learned from historical events. Ah well, it’s only ratepayers hard-earned dollars!