Category Archives: River power

River power 2

This weir on Bandy Creek near the town of Esperance was well constructed and able to resist the pressure of water flowing over it, however the adjoining abutments lacked the same design qualities. A major flood, in 2007, exposed the weaknesses.

River power 1

Pallinup River at the Chillinup Road crossing

The concrete slab shown in this image, weighing ten to fifteen tonnes was stripped from a road crossing during a flood in the Pallinup River. The replacement crossing can be seen in the background. It is common for the power of flowing water to be underestimated when weighing the cost of construction against the risk of damage.