Tasmania’s One in 100 Year Flood

As you will probably remember from Monday’s post, we’ve had Extremely Wild Weather Smashing Australia’s South-East Coast this week. At the time, Sydney had taken the brunt of it, but I did also mention that it had moved on to Tasmania.

Tasmania is one of Australia’s most beautiful, green and lush states. I went there about five years ago and stayed in both Hobart and Launceston. Both have rivers, here’s Hobart’s Derwent River…

Derwent RiverAnd this is Launceston’s River Tamar…

Tasman RiverIt looks quite different now in many places, as the shocking video I’m about to show you will explain. Before we get that though, there are just a few things I’d like to clear up about it.

Cloud seeding

The narrator mentions cloud seeding and refers to an article on the ABC News website. It states that Tasmania’s government-owned energy company, Hydro, conducted cloud seeding over the Derwent River the day before the downpour. Cloud seeding is a technique that messes with the clouds in an attempt to increase rainfall.

So, I would have to agree, this does seem a strange thing to be doing when heavy rain falls were known to be on their way.

The swimming pool picture

At 3 minutes 54 seconds into the video, you will see eroded beach houses and a swimming pool which has almost fallen into the sea. This did not happen in Tasmania, this is footage from Collaroy in Sydney as you will know from Mondays post. Not sure why he put that in there, maybe he just couldn’t resist it for its dramatic effect.

It does seem to appear though that the rest of the pictures are genuinely from Tasmania, although the ‘rolling tanker’ and the ‘wild surfer’ picture could be from anywhere.

A ban on drones

The narrator makes a rather dramatic statement that “amateur drone users are being asked not to take footage of this event“. He goes on to claim that this represents some kind of cover-up or censorship.

As far as I can see, there is no drama over the request to not allow drones. These drones do cause a significant risk to other aircraft and during an emergency like this, there would undoubtedly be extra helicopters and light aircraft in the skies.

All that aside though, it is a fascinating video and clearly shows the devastation that has swept through Tasmania this week. Here’s the video…

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  • John July 30, 2016, 6:01 am | Link

    Just noticed that Launceston has gained a new river. The TASMAN. Never heard of it. YOU meant the TAMAR river, which sits at the confluence of the North and South Esk. As an Ex Taswegian I know these things…….. Of course this once in a 100 years flood might have cut a new course but I doubt it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Webpage which states this new river >> http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/19681/tasmanias-one-in-100-year-flood/

    • BobinOz July 31, 2016, 11:40 pm | Link

      Oh my word, how did I do that? When I wrote this post, I couldn’t remember the name of the river that runs through Launceston, so I googled it to check.

      I just googled it again to check again, and the map definitely says the River Tamar, so how on earth I ended up calling it the Tasman (which, for anyone who doesn’t know, is the the sea between New Zealand and Australia) I don’t know.

      John, sorry to tell you, but Launceston doesn’t have a new river, it was a mistake 🙂 I’ve changed it now, so all good. Thanks for the me know.

  • Dale Reardon June 12, 2016, 4:36 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    We love helping people who are moving to Tasmania but this weather sure doesn’t entice many people!

    It has been very extreme particularly in Launceston. We are in Hobart, right by the beach, and our local river is very high but hasn’t breached its banks thankfully.

    One day this week we had 17 degrees weather and went walking Charlie at the beach and then back to freezing again the next day unfortunately.


    • BobinOz June 13, 2016, 4:36 pm | Link

      Yes, this weather hasn’t helped at all, puts a bit of a damper (a classic zinger there!) on the idea of moving to Tasmania.

      This has clearly been a highly unusual weather event, I hope it all calms down and goes back to normal soon. Most important thing is staying safe. Cheers, Bob

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