Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Odd Flood A[euro]" All over the Place

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Odd Flood A[euro]" All over the Place

Article excerpt

THE first flood of 2012 was picky, a little temperamental and concentrated.

This resulted in some towns experiencing the biggest and fastest floods in recent history while their neighbouring towns were barely sprinkled.

From Monday until 9am yesterday Upper Main Arm recorded 461mm of rain.

Barely 40km south-east,

Belongil only recorded 134 mm of rain in the same period.

In the upper catchment of the Tweed Valley, 579 mm of rain fell at Bald Mountain.

Richmond Tweed SES flood intelligence officer Jeff Spash said the characteristics of a flood depended on the concentration of rain.

aEvery flood is different,a Mr Spash said.

aOften we get the rain down the coastal strip or some just does the inland strip of Kyogle down to Lismore. This one was different.

aWhile the initial rain was pushing down the Wilsons River, it was then well-concentrated around Bald Mountain in the Tweed and a little in the Bruns- wick (catchment) then it swung around to the coast and then back inland. …

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