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River Torrens in flood 1917
Title : River Torrens in flood 1917 River Torrens in flood 1917
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Date of creation : ca. 1917
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 120 x 165 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The River Torrens in flood surrounding the Morphett Street Bridge and the Victoria Bridge, Adelaide.

Flooding of the Torrens was common right up until the 1930s. In fact the River did not run to the sea but stopped at coastal dunes creating what was known as the Reedbeds, a large shallow water wetland.

From 1900 to 1917 there were flooding events along the Torrens in every year except 1901 and 1902, 1907 and 1914 which was a drought year.

Period : 1914-1918
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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