Originally Posted by Lee
Some relatives of mine are having de ja vu this am, moving their goods out of their house, which flooded to the upstairs eaves in 74..... The 2011 damage bill will make 74 look like a puddle I would think, given the population/infrastructure increase over the past 40 years.
I guess when it came to the *real* acid test, Wivenhoe couldn't cut it.
I beg to differ
but I say this reservedly - I think the dam is doing its job
- you cant plan for months of heavy rain and it has held back a massive couple of serges, but the golden rule - all drainage is designed to fail - and it has reached is safe operating load capacity (I am sure there will be more than a few nervous engineers), thatís why dams have spillways and over capacity floodways around the dam. Itís holding back a huge volume of water. If that were let loose you would have an even lager devastating flood. I recon that dam must be vibrating with all that water cascading out.
That said there are probably some parts of the catchment below the dam that would go under even if all the water was retained in the dam, you cant stop that.
Its not a good situation up or downstream, and i hope that they find all who are missing in a safe area