Flood and SA Roads update, Lake Eyre etc

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:02
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All the rain in Queensland and Northwest NSW may eventually trickle down to Lake Eyre and the Murray River and bring some relief to a very dry South Australia in the coming months.

Look HERE for latest update on Lake Eyre and SA Roads


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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:19

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:19
G'day Will. Now you have me tricked. How does it get into the Murray/Darling from there?

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:28

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:28
Rosco

Read the post again. It goes like this......

'All the rain in Queensland and Northwest NSW'......

'may eventually trickle down to Lake Eyre and the Murray River'

Queensland = Lake Eyre
Northwest NSW = Murray/Darling

Sigh.....some people.....LOL

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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:36

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:36
Doh !!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:21

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:21
Thanks Willem

What an excellent informative site.

Alan
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:57

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 09:57
There was a segment on the news last night with footage of the water filling the dry river bed at Kalamurina. Looked really good watching the water creep along at about 1 kph.

But there's no water coming from the other side (Neale, Macumba and not enough for Cooper Ck to reach the lake) so there won't be any more than a splash in the top of the Lake Eyre.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:09

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:09
And Cubby station will cream off anything that may have made it into the Darling and thence the Murray.
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Follow Up By: handy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:52

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:52
buggered if i know about the cooper, it has been flowing for awhile now and is due to peak on the weekend or early next week, and there is several rises behind it.
road is shut to jundah and the quilpie rd is next.
at least we have a good supply of beer and rum.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:18

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:18
Last time I looked Bourke was downstream of Cubby....
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Follow Up By: maf - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:25

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:25
yep, a long way south of cubbie. Another southerner pulling the trigger before knowing the facts.
Most of the queensland rivers in the murray darling barely have a flow as a result of recent rains.
The Bourke flodding was pretty localised and will flatten out as it moves downstream, cheers mick.
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:06

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:06
Willem,

There was a BOM man on the ABC radio a couple of days ago who said that the flooding in Bourke, NSW was not likely to help us out here in SA. The amount of water that would actually make its way to Menindee is only likely to be a modest quantity. And then it would be captured for storage. The release of Menindee water is by agreement with NSW and SA and probably VIC governments.

Let's hope we get a nice big cyclonic depression forming up in the Gulf of Carpentaria and heading south to add to the Darling/Murray basin. As long as it doesn't interfere with our explorations!

Kingo
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Follow Up By: handy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:56

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:56
hey willem i am glad you added that last bit.
i have a months break coming up to spend fishing up at king ash bay and out at the sir edward pellew islands . cheers
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Follow Up By: handy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:57

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:57
sorry i meant Kingsley. cheers
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:28

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 10:28
For those of you who are interested and a bit confused where the water goes to, here is a map of the Lake Eyre catchment area.

It is a geographical boundary based on the elevations at various parts of Australia, and there would be no water into Lake Eyre from some of these areas in some cases.
How much rain would be needed at Thackaringa and Cockburn just down the road from Broken Hill, to reach Lake Eyre.
Alice Springs and Camooweel are also in the catchment area.

To the right of the map, Broken Hill and Charleville are in the Murray Darling Basin, but again there would need to be an unbelievable amount of rain in Broken Hill for it to reach the Darling.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 11:43

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 11:43
Nice one Dave,

how are things up your way (besides bloody hot). Planning to be up through your way in Mid May heading for the Simpson and then on to Alice and places west.

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Follow Up By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:08

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:08
Been a bit warm Mick, but off down to the GOR next week for a bit of salt air. Not much of that up here.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:53

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:53
Dave

The optimist see the doughnut and the pessimist sees the hole!!!


WTH does BHQ stand for? 'B' Head Quarters?....LOL
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:14

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:14
Willem, how much rain would you need in Peterborough for it to get to Lake Eyre? Your in the catchment area.
Better start you learn to swim campaign just in case hahaha.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:54

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:54
Dave

Silly old bugga!

I can swim...can you?


Why we are included in the catchment area is beyond me. Water flows from here to the west then north then north east and into Lake Frome. Last big rain we had was 2007 in January when 100mm fell in one go. Don't think those waters reached Lake Frome. With an average rainfall of 300mm per year there is not much water flow around these parts. Rainfall so far for 2009 is 4mm!

200mm of rain in the Bourke Shire may help Menindee Lakes overflow and some water may be released into the Murray/Darling.

200 years of white fellas and we have stuffed the water systems due to the greed of people. And most of us refuse to learn!


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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:52

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:52
Interesting to see how that all works. thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 16:14

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 16:14
The Diamantina at Birdsville is 6.3m and falling very slowly - the fourth rise is on its way now - has left Diamantina Lakes and should be about Monkira by this weekend. Before that rise comes we will probably be able to drive over the bridge - but by then the Cooper water should be down around Windorah so we can't go that way. Once the water gets here the bridge will go out very quickly again.
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Follow Up By: handy - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:29

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:29
g,day ruth, all roads out of windorah are shut as of today.
the bridge here should just about be under, but we cant get to it as the long crossing is about .7m under just out of town.
due to peak sunday. then more rises to come.
bring on the sand flies. cheers
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Reply By: tuck 01 - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 16:58

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 16:58
Thanks Willem.
After being away from EO for a while, I just sat down to ask a question about Lake Eyre water levels and thought I'd have a quick look at recent posts first. Good thing I did or I would have looked a bit of a goose!
We will be heading to WA from Vic in a few weeks and I planned on doing a detour from Port Augusta up to William Creek if there is going to be any water in Eyre.
I'll keep an eye on that website you gave the link for, but looks like it won't be this time. Will probably be about 5-6 weeks from now we are going past Port Augusta.
Thanks for the link.
Cheers
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