Mur­ray River drop­ping but more in­flows com­ing

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NSW Govern­ment river height in­for­ma­tion shows the Mur­ray River is now drop­ping.

But with in­creases out of the Hume Dam and Yar­ra­wonga Weir in­creas­ing and more rain pre­dicted, it could be on the rise again soon.

The river was ris­ing an av­er­age of 20cm a day over sev­eral weeks, but has been on a steady de­cline for the last week.

At the time of go­ing to print yes­ter­day, the Mur­ray River at Tocumwal was at 5.971m, down from 6.583m on Sun­day.

The State Emer­gency Ser­vice says fur­ther river rises are ‘‘likely, de­pend­ing on in­flows from up­stream Hume Dam and the Kiewa and Ovens rivers’’.

Its lat­est fore­cast pre­dicts the river will reach 7.3m at Yar­ra­wonga and 7m at Tocumwal on Thurs­day or Fri­day with ‘mod­er­ate flood­ing’.

Flows out of Yar­ra­wonga were up to 107,149 me­gal­itres per day.

Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil di­rec­tor of tech­ni­cal ser­vices Fred Ex­ton said paired with re­leases out of the Hume, ‘mod­er­ate’ flood­ing level could be reached again.

He said ‘mod­er­ate flood­ing’ oc­curs in Tocumwal when river lev­els get to 6.7m, and a ‘ma­jor flood’ is when it gets to 7.3m.

‘‘I don’t think it will get to 7.3m — I’m not sure we’ll get much higher than 6.9m at Tocumwal — yet that’s on cur­rent con­di­tions.

‘‘It will de­pend on what gets let out of the Hume.’’

The un­cer­tainly sur­round­ing river heights is cre­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure for some lo­cal busi­nesses, with some car­a­van parks now closed for sev­eral weeks due to the flood­ing.

Bush­land on the Mur­ray, which in a flood prone area, has been closed for three weeks.

And owner Claire Al­lan said it would have to re­main closed un­til the water sub­sides.

‘‘We are in a flood area, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

‘‘Tocumwal it­self is not in­un­dated yet.’’

Farm­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to move live­stock, pumps and other ma­chin­ery to higher ground.

Campers should avoid camp­ing along the river’s edge out­side the levee.

RIGHT: This car­a­van at Pumps Beach is sub­merged be­tween Time­out Beach and Tocumwal on the NSW side.

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