There’s a hole in the paddock, dear Lise, dear Lise

… and it’s because new fencing is going in. Our neighbours dug some post holes and inadvertently performed a small wildlife survey via these ‘pit traps’. Here’s the very common striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peroni) …

Striped marsh frog, Limnodynastes peroni; photo by Lise Bolton

Striped marsh frog, Limnodynastes peroni; photo by Lise Bolton

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A tad damp in Lismore

There’s been record flooding in Bundaberg and Grafton, and severe flooding in other places. We have been fortunate here in the valley. It’s very protected – hardly any wind whereas our neighbours on top of the mountain behind us said it was very windy up there; they lost a sheet off their roof and a tree fell on the edge of their house, but no major damage.

We’ve had our largest 24-hour rain total since we’ve lived here (just over 11 years), 30 minutes out of Lismore – 125 mL. Nothing compared to other places even relatively close. Over the five days of the event, we’ve had 276.5 mL of continual rain, coming down evenly all the time. January average is 155 mL, and our total for the month so far is 317.

Folks in Lismore expect more or less flooding in the wet season every January-ish, and the levee wall now keeps it out of the CBD.

North Lismore bridge water level Jan 2013

Not as high as the 1974 flood – water levels under the North Lismore bridge

The water peaked at 1.4 metres below the levee.

Lismore flood 2013 - Water stopped 1.4 metres under the levee

Water stopped 1.4 metres under the levee – the CBD is behind the wall

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