Monday, December 20, 2010

Speaking of Weather Issues.....

The first clip I watched on the Australian Screen website today was from a 1958 documentary called A Town To Be Drowned.  

It's about this town in New South Wales called Adaminaby.

The town's story is pretty amazing.  According to Lord Wiki....in the late 1940's, the town was put underwater because of the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric thing.  

Can you imagine getting that notice in the mail?   Hi!  We write to inform you that your town will soon be underwater. Sorry for the inconvenience.  

The town wasn't left to perish.  It was moved; not just the people, their clothes, and their treasures.   But buildings were moved as well. Lord Wiki says the move took six days.  That's pretty impressive.

Decades later....in 2007....an ongoing drought caused the severe diminishing of the lake. Some bits of the town had been left behind, and they started to resurface. That's kind of cool, in an eerie way. 

Here's an article about that.  There're some good photos there.

That's from three years ago though. I wonder if it's gone back underwater since then. Probably not.

I'm not finding much recent information. Email me if you know anything. Please. I'm curious.