The Queanbeyan weir was originally established to provide a water source for the town, but has since been adapted/adopted as a means of making the centre of town attractive (see entry for damming in this page). I have commented elsewhere about the desirability of the area for platypuses.
So it was with great interest that I took this image of water flowing over the weir this afternoon.
This does, of course, mean it has been raining again. Basically it has been precipitating for two days giving us 54mm by dark on 29 November (and an as yet unknown amount thereafter). More is forecast over the rest of this week. The forecast was spot on.
For traditionalists, one must record that a horny handed son of toil was sitting in a truck, and reading a newspaper, looking down at the weir. I did not ask if his name was Clancy, nor check to see if his thumbnail had been dipped in tar.
A couple of days later I decided the time had come to decide if the COG outing to Yanununbeyan was to go ahead. Here are some images of the roads in the area.
The images below were collected on 3 December (ie the Friday of the week in which the above were taken). The first shot is of the Queanbeyan River downstream from the weir (looking downstream from the Morriset St bridge).
The next image is looking down on the Weir. Usually there is a second wall about 30m downstream: that has been totally submerged.
Queanbeyan Cemetery and floating down the Molonglo into what is now Lake Burley Griffin. We called in their to check how close the more recently departed were to getting a trip. My guess is that the river - visible as brown sludge in the background - still had at least 5m vertical to get to the fence around the Cemetery. (An historical sign did refer to the Cemetery getting flooded in the 1880s so the yarns are not entirely an Urban Myth.)
Mr Potato Head is back, with a Santa Hat.
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