Southern Riverina news

River flood watch continues


Locals and visitors alike are watching the Murray and Murrumbidg­ee Rivers keenly, as water continues to flow through the system.

A mix of dam spills and rain run off in the catchments is causing minor flooding along both systems, including at Darlington Point and Coleamball­y.

In the Murrumbidg­ee in particular, authoritie­s are predicting another surge of water to come through within the next week.

Minor flooding is already being experience­d at Darlington Point, continuing through to Carrathool and Hay.

The State Emergency Service says a second flood peak is approachin­g Gundagai, with the main peak now at Narrandera, where moderate flooding is occurring.

Floodwater­s will continue to extend downstream to Darlington Point and beyond, with the minor flood peak expected about Friday.

The SES is predicting the Murrumbidg­ee at Darlington Point may reach 6.4m at the end of the week — an increase of almost a metre from the start of the week.

The following impacts may occur:

• Inundation of rural floodplain­s;

• Water may impact Sturt Highway at Tubbo (east of Darlington Point); and

• Camping area of Darlington Point Caravan Park may be impacted by flood water.

Water levels are also rising in the Murray River at Tocumwal, which latest data shows is 5.06m and steady.

Spills from the Hume Dam combined with flood waters from the Kiewa River have caused minor flooding along the Murray River.

River levels downstream of Corowa are likely to remain below minor flood levels.

 ?? ?? The Murray River in flood during a previous flooding event.
The Murray River in flood during a previous flooding event.

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