Its not unusual that floods are very much on the Mitchell community’s mind considering the flood of 2012 was the highest recorded flood since 1864. There is visible evidence on all the sites visited so far. Debris is often seen high up in sometimes unbelievable places.
Unusually the Maranoa river has been flowing for 2 years. Local resident Brian McCarol describes the river normally like a sleeping giant. There ‘s a fine line where the water falls either east or west of the Maranoa. If it’s on the western side it flows into the Mungallala catchments and then onto the plains of the Culgoa, a little further west is the catchment area of the Warrego.
Red, ochre and white sandstone cliffs. Some of this crushed stone was added to the submerged paper which left a subtle colour of its original intensity.
Driving through country south of Mt Moffatt, the rock formations are perfect examples showing braided river deposits. There are series of stacks, channel and dune forms. A particular stack shows a flow in the channel of the opposite direction from the river today.
Perfect view with sand bank of the West branch Maranoa in the distance.
Jude Macklin documents the submerged paper as a thunderstorm approaches.
Photography credited to Jude Macklin and Jude Roberts