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River Torrens outlet
Title : River Torrens outlet River Torrens outlet
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Date of creation : 1937
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 210 x 160 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The first flood waters flow over the new Torrens outlet. Previously the Torrens ran into the Port River, but diverted itself by silting, creating an area of swamp known as the Reedbeds. In the 1930s a channel was made and the river was directed into it, to enter the Gulf St Vincent at Henley Beach South.

After the completion of the flood mitigation measures the incidence of flooding on the western side of Adelaide declined dramatically. The outlet could handle a huge flow of water.

However with rapid urbansisation following World War II there has been an increased concern about the consequences of rapid runoff and the State Government and local councils still work together to avoid the damage that would occur during a one in a hundred year rainfall event.

Coverage year : 1937
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
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
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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