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Discussion: Victoria River crossing

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2023-05-28

Jan 17, 2024 12:13 PM # 
You wouldn't get from Katherine to Kununurra today...the river's well and truly over the bridge on the Victoria Highway; not sure if you can see this photo:
Jan 17, 2024 12:50 PM # 
Suggests something is wrong with our gauges then because according to those the river was 4.6m below bridge level a couple of hours ago. Rivers rise quickly there but I would have expected 4.6m to take at least a few hours…
Jan 17, 2024 9:13 PM # 
The picture is posted by the Victoria River Roadhouse, and the text says
"The Victoria Hwy is closed from the Buntine Hwy; Escarpment Creek and Skull Creek are well over the road. It is expected to be mid next week before the Highway is open again."

Commenters on that thread certainly make note of the discrepancy between the official river height (now at 3.91 below bridge deck; do you know where the gauge actually is?) and the visual scene of water over the bridge!

Presuming that photo to be of the main river crossing rather than a floodplain causeway? Coolibah Crossing which appears to be a few km downriver from the roadhouse and off the main highway, has river height reported as 17m above the crossing (would be only a ford there?). You've driven across the road bridge on the Victoria Highway and I have not, but the photo of water flowing over the road certainly doesn't make it look nearly as far above the river bed as the 19m high bridge in Katherine is.
Jan 18, 2024 5:43 AM # 
Admittedly this morning it wasn't actually over the sign yet:
but, on the BOM website it looks like that flood gauge may now have been taken offline?
Jan 18, 2024 10:17 AM # 
Yes, either the gauge or its communications link (or both) are faulty.
Jan 18, 2024 5:49 PM # 
And meanwhile, at Dashwood Crossing (the one I was tracking in May to see if it would drop low enough for me to cross - it didn't), it is now the small matter of 15.77m above the crossing...
Jan 18, 2024 7:45 PM # 
Closer to 17m by now. Again, not somewhere I am familiar with but that's the route which G & I didn't end up taking in July when a storm upstream meant the crossing briefly rose to about 1.2m. So now 17m is impossible for me to visualise but 400mm+ in the catchments is obviously cause and effect!

Maybe we'll go that way next year :)

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