Richard's Report - Sunday, 5 September 2010 9:40:04 AM

The Big Wet

Huge rainfall has had the Thredbo River break its banks and has done considerable damage to the ski slopes due to creeks breaking through the snow pack.

It started raining on Thursday and let up on Friday before hammering the mountains incessantly from Friday night through to this morning. I didn't get to Thursday's Memorial Race because of the rain. Sorry no photos.

We had in excess of 100mm in the last 24 hours (124mm in the past 48hrs) but at last it seems to be letting up and some snow has been falling.

I didn't ski in the torrential rain yesterday and I haven't ventured out today - although that may change later if conditions are suitable for me to get a few more photos.

I did take a walk/slosh around the village mid afternoon. Some hours later the river rose enough above its banks to flood some cars parked beside the Village Green. I've never heard of that happening before.

The rain/flood damage has closed some runs and lifts but hopefully new snowfall and work by the grooming team will repair much of that.

Deteriorating weather (from left to right)<BR>Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Deteriorating weather (from left to right)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Looking downstream yesterday from the walking bridge in Thredbo
Looking downstream yesterday from the walking bridge in Thredbo

Looking upstream from same
Looking upstream from same

Looking downstream from the vehicular bridge
Looking downstream from the vehicular bridge

Looking upstream from same
Looking upstream from same

DHG yesterday evening
DHG yesterday evening

Southern side of lower Dead Horse Gap car park
Southern side of lower Dead Horse Gap car park

Northern side of same
Northern side of same

The DHG walking bridge over Bogong Creek<BR>from which so many photos are taken in my reports
The DHG walking bridge over Bogong Creek
from which so many photos are taken in my reports

Crackenback and lower Sundance this morning
Crackenback and lower Sundance this morning

Grump:
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