Murray River dropping but more inflows coming
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.