Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

When ita[euro][TM]s Wet, We Go under; You Call That a Flood? This Is a Flood, Say Records of 1889 When Two Days of Rain Put River at 10.35m

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

When ita[euro][TM]s Wet, We Go under; You Call That a Flood? This Is a Flood, Say Records of 1889 When Two Days of Rain Put River at 10.35m

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Byline: JAMIE BROWN news@northernstar.com.au

LAST weekas dramatic East Coast Low provided plenty of wind and rain throughout our district.

But it was not an unusual event, with floods having been recorded in any of the months of a year in Lismore.

While Casino didnat officially record a flood, Lismore and Coraki did, albeit only minor.

What made the low more dramatic, particularly for those living on the coast, was the way it spun up just offshore, with bright sparks of lightning and billowing cloud before growing into a blustery cyclonic system.

There was plenty of wet along the coastal fringe, with Evans Head recording 145mm for the week and Woodburn not far behind at 125mm.

Upriver recorded some good falls too, with Green Pigeon topping the list at 172mm for the week, only a little below the 204 at Mullumbimby for the week.

Kyogle recorded 99mm, Casino 74 and Whiporie just 40mm for the seven days to Tuesday.

The Whiporie result is somewhat surprising, given that Deep Creek was well up as it passed Tatham, indicating that rain fell elsewhere in its expansive catchment.

Not unusual

According to the weather website australiasevereweather.com, Lismore has recorded a flood in any of the months of the year, although September and November have only one flood each on the record.

History reveals

Perhaps the most dramatic flood took place over July 18a19, 1889 when Lismore recorded a major flood of 10.35m. Last weekas minor event was just 4.79m.

The July 1889 event lashed the region with widespread rain with more than 400mm falling at Casino and similar falls recorded at Lismore.

Along the coast, wild winds from the low bruised and battered an entire fleet of trading vessels a both sail and steam.

In fact, records from the time indicate that there were two weather systems a one earlier in the month and one later.

A similar situation happened this year with one East Coast Low striking the Illawarra and Sydney and the second spinning up off our shores. …

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