News May 30: Evolving nature of Mutton Cove

It’s been three weeks since the levee bank was breached on Monday May 9th and in the meantime the tides were lower and then rose again (around 2.7m) in the last week.

The following photos were taken at Mutton Cove during a low tide (about 1m) on Sunday May 29th.

The increase in the width of the breach, and in the width and length of the channel within Mutton Cove from the breach, are two noticeable features.

Sailing boat visible through the breach

Sailing boat visible through the breach

Channel formed from breach into Mutton Cove

Channel formed from breach into Mutton Cove

While the creek was full yesterday (see right corner of photo above) it remains to be seen how much the creek empties during a more prolonged period of lower tides.

There are more visible areas of water within the park, with some that seem to follow existing lines of mangroves (suggesting an existing water course) and some that weren’t apparent before.

Existing and new watercourses along western boundary

Existing and new watercourses along western boundary

View along previous walking path near southern boundary.

View along previous walking path near southern boundary.

Water ponding, and channel seeming to form, below northern levee bank

Water ponding, and channel seeming to form, below northern levee bank

Much of the levee bank remains intact from the northern end and the mangroves, where they exist along the riverfront, aid that protection.

Levee bank holding

Levee bank holding

Infrastructure within Mutton Cove, including paths and small banks supporting ENet pylons, are being exposed to tidal flows.

Former west-east path eroding

Former west-east path eroding