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After the ‘big dry’ for 2009, and the January rains, Central Australia saw the effects of the monsoon season in the Top End bring the Tropical Low move south through the Arid Centre, bringing much rain, described as the one in ten year event. With humidity over 90% and the amount of rainfall over Alice Springs has made this the wettest start to the year for February since 1974. By Friday 26 February, 2010, Anzac Oval had over 300 mm fall, whilst the Alice Springs Airport recorded nearly 200 mm.

With the river already flowing from the 23rd February, 2010, the rain clouds moving down from the Top End saw rain sweep right across Central Australia and into South Australia. With seemingly constant rain over several days, the Todd River swelled, with many road closures, although this did not stop the many locals and visitors taking time out to visit the spectacle of the Todd River in full flow.

Following images of water flowing in the Todd River - 25 February 2010
This is the site of the Original ‘Alice Spring’. It was on the 11 March, 1871 that William Whitfield Mills came across this waterhole, naming it after Mrs Alice Todd. Little did he realise that this was not really a spring, but a depression in the riverbed where water gets trapped on top of some granite.

You can see the height that the river can rise to, the river being deeper further in.
You can see the height that the river can rise to, the river being deeper further in.

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