Following three days of major flooding and power outages in my hometown of Horsham, I am finally on line and looking forward to catching up to everyone.
All of my family were not directly affected by the record flooding and we are all safe and well! I sincerely thank my friends in RB for their comforting comments relating to earlier photos I uploaded before our river inundated my town.
I have taken several photos of the floods in my town as the water was rising but out of respect for my local citizens I have refrained from taking images of their losses.
My hometown of Horsham has a population of approximately 15,000 people. It is a major rural town some 300 kms west of Victoria’s capital, Melbourne. The town has the Wimmera River running through it in a North/South direction. The river has been bone dry for 11 years during our drought but in September 2010 heavy rains across our State of Victoria (more than 8” in some areas) and recent rains two weeks (more than 5”) ago caused major overflows of many catchment areas, including catchments near Horsham.
Last week our river started to flood, all be it slow but as of last night it peaked above the 1909 flood records. Our town is now divided in two with the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide closed. The normal width of the river varies from out-lining areas of Horsham and in Horsham itself, presently the water from the river exceeds over 20 kms in low lying areas.
Many homes along the river and towns have been inundated and until Horsham’s floods reside the damage to home and businesses will not be fully know for a couple days.
Emergency Services and many Volunteers sandbagging homes and business’ have saved hundreds of properties.
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Exp – 1/400
Apt – F/7.1
ISO – 100
F/L – 300mm
*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera
*Canon EF 75 – 300mm f/4 – 5.6 111 Zoom Lens