The Goulburn Valley, arid and dry, constantly threatened the pioneers of Cobram by the “scarcity of water”, until the flood season hits (Dunlop, 1978, p.135). The winter months on the Murray were vulnerable to flooding when the rains came. Due to this fact the optimal bridge type for Cobram was a high level bridge, even though the width of the River and long approach crossings made building a bridge more expensive. The bridge that was decided on was a DE Burgh Truss Lift bridge for its height. As well as increased costs to avoid flooding, maintaining drainage points and difficulty repairing roads in town after flooding added to the total spent by the Victorian Government on the town. In one instance of flooding in 1900 a critical drainage point in the centre of town, on high street, was compromised resulting in a putrid stench and sanitary concerns from the public perspective.
During the flood season the Tocumwal Bridge and surrounding railways were blocked worse than Cobram in the 1900’s. Due to increased flooding in Tocumwal, traffic was detoured to the Cobram-Barooga Bridge which (according to an annoyed anonymous community members letter to the editor) wasn’t receiving proper maintenance for its level of importance to the community.