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Fairly heavy rains upriver from us in the Blackwood Valley catchment area caused the Blackwood River to flood this year.  Although we did not get any rain here, both ends of our road were closed for a few days – something that we honestly did not expect to see again until mid winter.

Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Music Park, Boyup Brook - Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

Music Park, Boyup Brook - Blackwood River in Flood - December 2011

 

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