The Cotter Dam Expansion Dam Cam is showing the worst case scenario of flood waters rising over the under-construction wall as the capacity of the river diversion is comprehensively overwhelmed.
Let’s hope the raging torrent doesn’t undermine the wall or this will become a disaster of 2003 bushfires proportion.
We certainly hope that doesn’t happen, but it’s not like this was meant to happen either.
UPDATE 01/03/12 09:10: Thanks to dpm for pointing us at the above video compression of the overspill
[Photo by Androo]
UPDATE 02/03/12 8:18: And she’s still going very strong this morning:
UPDATE 02/03/12 09:31: This in from ACTEW supremo Mark Sullivan:
2012/03/02 at 8:21 am
This morning observations are that the dam structure is sound. Heavy machinery has remained safe and cranes are fine. Have lost some forms and scaffolding and some light equipment. Biggest concern is the washing out of earthwork on the downstream side (looking at damcam it is on the left abutment or the right hand side looking at the dam). Possibly be a week before we get back on the dam and looks like a three week clean up. Flood is a one in one hunred year event so top marks to the engineers. Now we wait till tomorrows renewed assault.