Today's photos are from the flooding that occurred in my home town in November 2000. Tamworth has a river that runs through the middle of town and most days it is fairly shallow. However, it is prone to flooding after extended amounts of rainfall. It had rained for several days and we were all waiting to see just how high the Peel River would crest. If it got high enough it would close all of the bridges that linked the two sides of town and would cut the town into two.
|The normal level of the Peel River. Average depth would be less than 1m/3ft|
|The river was rising but so far was still had not broken the riverbank,|
|There's a road and some fields under here somewhere.|
|This is the same bridge as the second photo but with much more water under it.|
|A little further down the river the road was under several feet of water.|
|Somewhere under here is baseball fields and other sports grounds.|
|The floodwater rose enough to cover the main road near the main bridge.|
|Every one in town came out to see the flooding.|
|Guests at this hotel ended up getting a water front upgrade for free.|
The river crested a little after lunch and by later that afternoon the river had subsided enough for me to go back across town to get my car and drive it home. Since then the city has invested a lot of money into levee banks to protect the downtown area along with the industrial area of town that was always prone to flooding.
Flooding will always be a part of life every few years in Tamworth due to its location. I was grateful that I was given the chance to head home and not be stuck on the wrong side of town. We do get some flooding in the area that I live in now but it is not nearly as high. Do you live in a flood prone area? If so how often does it flood?