Southern Riverina news

Renewed flooding expected

- By Alexandra Wilson

Renewed flooding is possible for many locations along the Murray and Murrumbidg­ee river systems in coming days, as additional roads and facilities are closed to protect residents and visitors.

A cold front earlier this week brought showers and rain to South West NSW.

This rainfall caused renewed minor flooding along the river systems, many of which are experienci­ng ongoing flooding due to previous rainfall in recent weeks.

Catchments are currently wet or saturated.

The weather system is expected to cause renewed flooding for the Murrumbidg­ee and Murray catchments from late Friday.

In the Murray River system, moderate flood impacts are a major concern downstream of the Hume Dam to


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

The river at Corowa is likely to remain steady around 5.6 metres through to next week, with minor flooding. The minor flood level at Corowa is 4.6 metres.

Federation Council, to assist with the management of risks associated with high water levels in the area, have changed access rights to a number of council facilities and roads in Berrigan Shire, Tocumwal Town Beach, the boat ramps and the Town Beach walking trail remain closed.

There is also water over the road on Lower River Road, Tocumwal, restrictin­g access around the four causeways.

In the Murrumbidg­ee system, minor flooding continues at Narrandera, Darlington

Point, and Carrathool.

The river peaked at 6.51 metres at Darlington Point on August 22, and yesterday was at 6.36 metres and falling.

The main flood peak is currently approachin­g Hay, where moderate flooding is occurring, with a flood peak likely arriving early next week.

Murrumbidg­ee Council has reported the Darlington Point Caravan Park is open, with powered sites and cabins available.

The internal road at the lower section of the park and unpowered camping area sites remain closed.

Residents are asked not to drive into the caravan park to view the river, as there is no access.

The Darlington Point boat ramp, floating pontoon and access road are closed.

Floodgates 2-6 are closed and the eastern drain to the creek at the Darlington Point Caravan Park is blocked off.

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