Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Just another 70mm in the past 24 hours but it was nice to see a clear radar this morning and even nicer to see a full sky of stars.  Hopefully now we can start the process of drying out which is going to take some time.  461mm of rain or 18.5 inches of rain has fallen since Friday night which takes us to 1129mm this year and 1687mm since December 1, 2020. 

The photo below is of 1W fairway looking through to 11 and 12R and that water level is constant all the way across and up to the fairway bunker on LHS 14R.  Contrary to what some people believe the drain is not blocked but actually flowing as fast as it can.  The drainage pipe starts on the LHS 12R and is only 150mm until it gets to RHS 1W where it empties into a 200mm pipe which then transports the water to the open drain at the front of 18W and into Shallow Bay, which from its name doesn't suggest a lot of drainage potential.  From 12R to 18W is about 1% fall which again doesn't allow for a lot of flow.

1W looking towards 11R.

And while we lament what's happened at Cool Tweed during this weather event spare a thought for those courses further north on the coast.  I saw some photos and videos yesterday and the damage will be significant and take months to recover from.  Once the water starts pouring down Mudgeeraba Creek with rain from the hinterland, The Glades is the first to go under then Colonial and then Lakelands.  They are 'dirty floods'' too with a lot of silt and debris being deposited on the courses not to mention the damage from the fast flowing water.  And The Grand GC wasn't spared either with huge volumes of water cascading down the Nerang River and inundating large parts of their course as well.  Not to mention Murwillumbah who are well and truly under again.

And hopefully that's it for this weather event.  Thanks to those members who have left positive comments on the Blog and sent emails thanking me for the updates.  There have been more than 2,750 views on the Blog since Sunday evening so I trust you've been well informed.  

And finally thanks to the crew for continuing to go out and make sure the drains are running as well as possible.  It's dirty and sometimes dangerous work and they are often in waders to get where they need to go which means restricted movement in flood water. 


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