Shepparton News

Dam water released

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Releases from the Hume Dam have been increased to 10,000 megalitres a day in response to weekend rainfall.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority said it expected the flows downstream would be contained within the banks of the Murray River but added the release would be re-assessed constantly based on inflows into the water storage.

The MDBA released close to 19 Gl from the Hume Dam from August 7 to 15 but the pre-releases ceased on August 18 due to a dry forecast.

On Saturday the dam was at 94.77 per cent — 30 per cent higher than at the same time last year.

Lake Eildon, the main storage for the Goulburn

River system, is close to 75 per cent full.

Weekend rain sparked minor flood warnings for the upper Murray and Goulburn rivers, the Seven Creeks and Castle Creek, and the Broken River.

The rain band that crossed Victoria brought 21.2 mm of rain to Shepparton and as much as 70 mm over the ranges.

No rain is forecast for the next seven days and on Saturday Shepparton is expected to be bathed in spring sunshine, with a maximum temperatur­e of 24°C.

 ??  ?? Opening up: Releases from the Hume Dam have restarted in response to weekend rainfall.
Opening up: Releases from the Hume Dam have restarted in response to weekend rainfall.

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