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River Torrens in flood 1917: Victoria Bridge
Title : River Torrens in flood 1917: Victoria Bridge River Torrens in flood 1917: Victoria Bridge
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Date of creation : 1917
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

River Torrens in flood near the Victoria Bridge. Taken from the north west.

As the western side of Adelaide was developed the problems associated with floods became more acute. The lack of an extensive system of mains sewerage meant that the contents of septic tanks and cesspools could be spread by floodwaters leading to a serious fear that there could be outbreaks of water borne diseases such as diphtheria and typhoid.

Following the flood of 1917 a flood mitigation bill was introduced to Parliament, however it lapsed over who should cover the costs of the plans.

Coverage year : 1917
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Smith, Derek L., Twidale C. R. An historical account of flooding and related events in the Torrens River system from first settlement to 1986,[Adelaide]: Engineering and Water Supply Dept., 1987-1989
Floods in South Australia, 1836-2005 / David McCarthy, Tony Rogers, Keith Casperson. [Kent Town, S. Aust.] : Bureau of Meterology, [South Australian Regional Office], 2006
Internet links :
Rivers and catchments: Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation website
Impacts of urbanisation on streams and coastal waters: Environmental Protection Authority website
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