Reg and I had planned to revisit the Flinders Ranges and this region of South Australian soon. I had realised with the flood water's flowing though the river systems for Queensland much of the area I had planned to see again the Menindee Lakes system would be too flooded to get to and now the tropical downpour is drenching those areas not flooded by the inland rivers.
The roads will be in very bad condition once this flood subsides and they believe some areas will remain flooded for months so towing a caravan, it looks like I need to re-plan my tour well away from outback inland river systems this autumn.
They normally do not grade the roads in these areas before early May when they think the wet will be over and we will be on in south west south Australia by then. With all this wet I think we will stay put for two months right where we are. Leave for our tour in April not February.
I adore those Sturt Desert Peas, (see flower image above), and want to paint them again. Once I do I will strive to make cards from them so I will be looking at getting some printing for less money done.
I might stay put in Mooroopna Victoria and enjoy the rose garden and oat fields until these heavy rains have finished their season and give the outback a miss this autumn. Reg and I have a wonderful memory of touring the South Australian outback after a tropical downpour but we needed to replace the car when we had finished.
Outback storms leave an inland sea Updated Mon Feb 7, 2011 1:53pm AEDT
Thunderstorms and torrential rain have isolated outback residents, including those in the Anna Creek homestead. (supplied: Trevor Wright)
Thunderstorms have affected a wide area as ex-Tropical Cyclone Yasi moves across inland regions.
Many cattle stations including Anna Creek are accessible only by helicopter.
William Creek resident Trevor Wright has flown over the outback and says an inland sea is forming.
"I think this will continue for a few days given that all of that water up near Ernabella that's coming down the creek system," he said.
"So there'll be a continuous flow there and the offset of that will be that the road system will be put into disrepair so they will need to have a contingency plan of how we're going to handle that."
The landscape is sodden across a wide area of South Australia. Yongala received 128 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, beating a record set 121 years ago.
Hallett in the mid-north also had a record fall of 98 millimetres, beating a mark set in 1890.
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