Wednesday, January 04, 2017

May your creeks not flood

After Christmas it rained heavily here but for two very brief periods. I have seen worse here. Victorian public transport collapses when it is too wet, too hot or there are caterpillars on the tracks, which is odd because it often quite wet and quite hot, and travelling caterpillars is a natural thing.

There is an underpass below a rail bridge in South Melbourne near South Melbourne Market . For a day and a half Tweeters and the media referred to it as the flooded Montague Street underpass. The media even staked out the underpass to catch stupid motorists who did not the notice the flood warning signs, the depth gauge or that it looked like deep water in front of the them. Sure enough, into the water cars went. I have no sympathy at all for such stupid people, quite different to being caught in a flash flood. I am not commenting on that the morals of the media which chooses between getting footage or warning people before they entered the flooded viaduct.

South Melbourne's Montague Street Bridge is infamous for trucks and other vehicles striking it as they try to pass under. Perhaps with Montague Street being nearby, the name went wrong.

In this case Montague Street is innocent. The flooded underpass was the York Street underpass, under the route 96 tram bridge, formerly the St Kilda train bridge.

Trust Twitter? Trust the media? Not much.

14 comments:

  1. I thought the fisherman was hooked on the car and the driver went in on purpose, but that would be silly; potentially wrecking a car for a few minutes in the news?

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    1. Indeed River, that would be silly. I am not sure if it was the driver of this car, but one said, I did not know what to do so I kept going. Maybe he should have stopped.

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    1. Very minor, Gosia. It often floods there.

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  3. An expensive piece of stupidity for those who thought they were invincible.

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    1. EC, it will certainly cost and I think insurance companies would take a dim view of entering flood water.

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  4. saw that on TV. hard to believe some didn't stop the people driving those cars....hard to believe people drove into that water, surley they would know it was very deep certainly if they had been that way before when no water was there..just stupid.

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    1. Margaret, not much more to say than just stupid.

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  5. The rain pelted down heavily here a couple of nights ago...and so very welcome it was. It helped cool things down a bit. It had been very hot and humid, so the storm was most welcome. It was just a rain storm...no fierce winds or hail.

    Some people will never learn not to drive into flooded roadways...no amount of telling them not to do so works...d'oh!

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    1. Lee, in your state people are more likely to be caught in a flash flood. I remember that awful flooding a few years ago.

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  6. The interview with the fisherman was worth watching too.......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOxPJyWUnxs

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    1. Thanks Allan. I did see the interview too.

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  7. I think this bridge is cursed Andrew, they should knock it down and build a new higher bridge with adequate drainage!

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    1. Grace, so boring. I rather like seeing idiots get their just deserts.

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