Life flows downstream: Amazing moment water runs down the bed of a parched outback river for the first time in THREE YEARS
- The Greenough River relies on heavy rainfall in the northern regions to flow
- Following a series of autumn storms in March, locals gathered to watch the river
- The riverbed was so dry that the torrents of water were a murky mess of dirt
Astonished locals have captured the moment water gushed down a river that has been dry for three years.
The Greenough River stretches 340km from Walkaway, north of Perth in Western Australia, to Cape Burney where it flows out to the Indian Ocean.
Relying on heavy rainfall in the northern areas of the state to run, the riverbed has been a barren wasteland of sticks and dirt since 2018.
Following a series of autumn storms earlier this month, families gathered on the bank of the riverbank on March 6 as water flooded the channel.
Pictured: Water beginning to run through the Greenough River near Walkaway in Western Australia
‘Look at that,’ a local mum said, as she filmed the event.
‘That’s so cool,’ a little boy said.
The riverbed was so dry that the fast-moving water was a murky mess of dirt, leaves, twigs, branches and debris.
‘Look at it, just grabbing everything,’ the mother continued.
The Greenough River (pictured) was so dry the water collected leaves, sticks and branches as it flowed for the first time since 2018
The video was posted on Youtube with the caption: ‘The Greenough River only usually has small pockets of water in it throughout the year, unless there is big, heavy rainfall further up north during our summer.’
‘It was great to see the river have a big flush out again.’
The region saw torrential rain early March, with the town of Greenough River recording almost 62mm of rainfall in 24 hours on March 2.
Emergency services responded to more than 30 requests for assistance, with damage reported in the midlands regions and in the metropolitan area.
The YouTube video caption read: ‘It was great to see the river have a big flush out again’
On March 5, a 17-year-old driver was washed off a road east of Geraldton, north of Greenough River.
The teenager was swept a few hundred metres downstream, before he managed to grab his phone and escape the vehicle through the passenger window.
He clung on to a tree for hours after calling triple-0, before emergency services roped the boy to safety.
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