Flood waters down Murray (SA) Easter

Submitted: Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:13
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Gooday All : Has anyone got any idea on how long the QLD/NSW flood water will take to get to Renmark / Berri SA hoping to camp at Easter on low ground
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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:23

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:23
Hi Nick B. Try Google. This link may be helpful.

riversmart.net.au/Flowtracker.htm

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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 17:30

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 17:30
That riversmart.net.au site is really good. They put a lot of work into it.

The current map shows Mennindee Lakes at 101% with all that other water still to come down. The Darling and Murray Rivers are going to be flowing well for a while.

Thanks for the link,

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:07

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:07
Hi Nick

Keep an eye out for my vehicle, we spend 10 days at Renmark every year before and including Easter.

Yes speaking with locals, flood waters are coming, but it will take longer to get through the Riverland if by past experiences. What is known is that the River is flowing quite fast at the moment. As to how high it will get will be anyone's guess, ranging from around 1 metre above current water levels with one report saying a metre over last years levels.

Either way, it will still be great up in the Riverland.



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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:56

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:56
Stephen,

I dropped my family home in St George on Saturday and the water was still 2.0m over their access road to their property (had to get the SES FloodBoat home), and by midafternoon yesterday the road was open for traffic.
I think by late today the river will be back in it's banks around St George.

They are forecasting that the water will be around Menindee in about 4-6 weeks.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 09:09

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 09:09
Hi Kev

We have been thinking of your family in these very serious times and now that they are home, they can now start the huge task of the clean up.

From last years flood waters, it was months before they peaked down here in SA, not weeks like some thought.

All the Best to you and your family and to all those that have been effected in Queensland by those horrific.



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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:15

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:15
Stephen,

All family members are back to work/school today.
Which hasn't given them much time to recover etc

Looks like I may be heading down a couple more times prior to the Back to St George Gathering to help them out.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 14:37

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 14:37
Hi Nick

I think at this stage you should be fairly safe. You will find that they will be releasing a lot of water now, hence the fast flows, to get as much water out of the system before the flood waters make their way into the Murray/Darling catchment area.

Below are 2 pictures from last year at Easter, showing how different parts of the River can be effected more that other.

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This is a very good example of Lock 5 at Easter was still above the flood levels, while below, Lock 2 at Taylorville was well and truly covered by the flood waters.

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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:30

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 08:30
I would say at least 3 months going by last years results.
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Reply By: Happy Frank - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 20:00

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 20:00
Nick,
I'm at Berri and we are getting Darling water already, the colour has changed in the last 2 weeks, I swim in the river 4 or 5 times a week and today the current was more and there was more rubbish in the water. ie sticks etc. I don't reckon I would count on camping on low ground at Easter but local river "experts" are divided on how long the high water will take to get here.

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Reply By: Member - Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:22

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:22
No 1 daughter works for the NRM Board in Berri, I'll try and get latest information tomorrow.
Local gossip is that there is more water coming down this year because everything is already wetted up and the levels will be higher. (Local Gossip LOL)
Where do you think that you will camp?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:59

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:59
Hi Mr Des Lexic


Up for another paddle???


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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:47

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:47
des lexic : was hoping to camp just below lock 4 on private camp ground.

last year stayed at paringa but didn't camp .......but got lots of yabbies.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:19

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:19
The site below is the Dept for water wasting and they have the latest info.
Clarkes is a nice spot but if the flow is over 40,000megs it will probably be going under water

http://www.waterforgood.sa.gov.au/2012/02/river-murray-flow-advice-update-48/

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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:57

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:57
G'day Stephen, Not sure what is planned for Easter just yet.
Probably! the last time I went out was 2 years ago with you I think. Will need to do some training LOL.
Will have to see what Happy Frank is doing although he might not be able to make it.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:53

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:53
I'm interested too because we want to return to Neds Corner after a year off due ot the floods, and wondering if it will be under water again
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:27

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:27
They are releasing as much water as possible from the Menindee Lakes at the moment without flooding the town.
Already quite a few people have moved out of Menindee because of the flooding.
There are quite a few properties already isolated.

I don't think it will take too many weeks to get down the Murray because everything is saturated and many of the lakes and creeks are already full.

Here is a site for the Barwon Darling river heights.

Daily River Reports

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Reply By: Member - nick b - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:56

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:56
Thank you all for your replys .It might be a wait and see .
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