Valley Dammed


Swansea, Australia

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Blowering Dam, Tumut, NSW, Australia. 8 shot pano.

Valley Dammed Mounted Print

Blowering Dam is on the Tumut River in Australia. It is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Associated with the dam is the Blowering Power Station. The dam was completed in 1968. It holds 1,628,000 megalitres (million litres). The wall height is 112 m and is constructed of earth and rockfill. The water from the dam is used for irrigation along the Murrumbidgee River, Yanco/Colombo/Billabong Creeks system, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and the Colleambally Irrigation Area. In 1978, Ken Warby set the Water speed record of 511 km/h (317.60 mph) on Blowering Dam Link

After over a decade of drought, the dam had reached record low levels, actually exposing the town flooded when the dam filled, indeed, almost enough that with a drive on it (much to the concern of the GPS which showed you were in the middle of the lake) it would have been only a short swim to the other side. A total change was brought about by heavy rains in 2010, and the weekend before this shot the spillway for the first time in over 20 years was flowing (unfortunately it was closed off from access at the top of the dam). At the time, December 2010, residents along the Tumut river downstream were issued with evacuation orders in anticipation of possible severe flooding.

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