Go with the flow

NT News - - NT WEEKEND -

WHEN the rain starts fall­ing and the rivers start flow­ing, cross­ing Ter­ri­tory rivers and swim­ming in wa­ter­holes can be a haz­ard to Ter­ri­to­ri­ans.

The na­ture of streams and rain­fall means the dis­charge of wa­ter can change rapidly and wa­ter holes and swim­ming spots that look cool, calm and col­lected can sud­denly turn chaotic.

The in­creased vol­ume of wa­ter can cre­ate more traf­fic for creepy crawlies and roar­ing rep­tiles, the pres­ence of which could ruin a trip so it’s im­por­tant to keep an eye on any sus­pi­cious lo­godiles or rock­odiles just to make sure.

If you do go out and ex­pect the odd thun­der­storm to crash your week­end, be sure to re­turn over any flood-plains or low river cross­ings be­fore the tide comes in too strong, and make sure there is plenty over cover to keep tents, cars and other be­long­ings safe and dry.

Us­ing a tarp un­der­neath your tent should also help to keep from any streams in­ter­rupt­ing an overnight slum­ber and will make your tent eas­ier to dry.

Park web­sites will have all the de­tails on whether the weather will keep them open or closed.

Take care out in the wet and ap­proach flood wa­ters with cau­tion.

Be aware of your sur­rounds and where you might find your­self stuck should rain be­gin to fall and above all trust your in­stincts — if some­thing is telling you to leave or not to go some­where, don’t do it.

Be care­ful of ris­ing wa­ters this wet sea­son

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