27 In Flood

Iā€™m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

Condamine River

Most of the time the Condamine River looks serene. It flows for 500 kilometres from the Border Ranges in south east Queensland through fertile farmland and dense bush to the northern Darling Downs before joining the Darling River. The river is a vital link in the massive Murray-Darling Basin, which covers one million square kilometres of eastern Australia.

The western Queensland town of Condamine is one of many through which the river passes on its long journey. The height of the bridge over the river on the road into town gives an indication of what happens when it rains.

A flood marker in a park beside the river indicates the highest water levels during the worst floods on record.

A nearby memorial pays tribute to those who have served their community during disastrous floods, and also to those who have been lost to the river.

20 thoughts on “27 In Flood

  1. Water is a wonderful thing except when it goes out of its banks to flood and destroy. Several years ago, we lived near a road that flooded. We were above it, but would watch cars get caught in the water every time there was a big storm. Rescue vehicles, ropes, climbing on top of the car while it floated – we saw it all. I’d never mess with high water that is for sure.

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  2. I love the timeline and the marker. It would be interesting to compare the floods in Tulare County. They started measuring them at about the same time. I know we had a huge 100-year flood on December 22, 1955.

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