The Floods in Australia.
THE SITUATION AT BOURKE. (pee peess association.) Syunky, April 20. Ten nunutes after the first alarm had been given two hundred people were on the ground, but it was seen that all efforts would be useless, and the busy thriving town, after all the hard work and loss of time and money, was about to be submerged.
This is the greatest flood ever known by white men in Australia. A mile to the North of where the water broke through, the embankment is carrying eleven feet, and if this had gone the whole town must have been literally swept away. As it is, the greatest anxiety is felt, for even if it gives now great destruction must ensue. All the
private embankments in the town are being built higher, and made as secure as possible, but it is feared that before the flood goes down many brick buildings will collapse. The current round the corners, and in between the houses, will be a terrible source of danger. The water is up to an ordinary man's waist all over the town.
Bourke now stands in the midst of a great inland sea, forty miles wide. Judging from the mass of water passing Brewarrina, higher up the river than Bourke, we may expect another two or three feet. The latest reports say that early this morning the private embankents began to fail.
At Bourke the water it still very high, and many of the buildings are collapsing.
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The Floods in Australia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890
The Floods in Australia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890
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