Flooding around Echuca/Moama/Barmah State Forest Labour day (Vic) 9-12 March 201

Submitted: Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 12:43
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Hi,
We have booked a caravan park site for the coming long weekend.
Looking at media reports the flooding is heading that way from Sheparton.
Will confirm with the park owners in few days.
I have noticed that Parks Vic has closed the Barmah State Forest: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/barmah-state-park
I have also been checking VicRoads and RTA for road closures, and North of Shep is all closed, but still looks ok to go via Echuca.
Have a Patrol so no real drama's just want an idea of what to expect.
May be a few dramas up there if there are people heading that way that aren't aware of park and road closure.

Is anyone up that way now and can report on conditions or what they are expecting?

Anyone ever experienced flooding up there, particularly Morning Glory Caravan Park?

Lastly there is some road closures around Rochester but main road still open, not sure if they will get worse there?

Thanks, Chris.

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Reply By: ChrisE - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 12:54

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 12:54
Just found this page which shows current river level data:http://www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/vic/

Barmah looks like it is "Below Flood Level" so should be OK, but will keep watching as thw water has to go somewhere?
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Follow Up By: shylok - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 13:17

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 13:17
Does not look like there will be a problem in Echuca,but the murray is up a bit at the moment.
camping along the murray may be a problem as we had 100 plus mm and the tracks will be boggy
Ken
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Follow Up By: Bearded Fish - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 15:37

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 15:37
Stayed in Echuca from Friday through to this morning.
Friday and Saturday it rained. The river is up but the locals do not
expect any problems. A great spot to visit.
Kevin
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Follow Up By: Member - David P8 - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 18:17

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 18:17
We live in Echuca and the river is up a little bit but not near flood level. The roads leading to Echuca are open. The press like to make things seem worse than they actually are, like in the floods last year we were told that Echuca was flooded which wasnt true, sure the rivers broke their banks in places but the town was not flooded. The press reports killed our tourism for months after. We are not involved in tourism
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Follow Up By: ChrisE - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 20:11

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 20:11
Dave P,
Main concern is that I don't think the peak has hit the Murray yet. Peak should hit Nathalia tonight so probably hit the Murray Saturday(???) so obviously don't want to get up there and set up to find we have to go.
I think the camp sites at the park might be on the flood plain, so may be the first to get wet feet?
Do you recall if that area has been flooded before?
Thanks,
Chris.
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Follow Up By: Member - David P8 - Thursday, Mar 08, 2012 at 10:22

Thursday, Mar 08, 2012 at 10:22
Hi CHRIS,
I have just checked the river levels on the BOM site and the Murray still has over two metres to get to minor flood level at Barmah. Hope you go and have a great weekend. The weather is warm and sunny.
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Follow Up By: gjm762 - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:23

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:23
Barmah State Forest - Easter 2012

Just found this page and am hoping Dave P you can answer a question for me. I've read the Bahmah State Forest where we go each Easter (except last year is closed...Again).

How are conditions really and do you expect they might open the park for Easter

Thanks
Greg
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Follow Up By: Member - David P8 - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 14:43

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 14:43
Hi Greg,
The forest is starting to flood so I would assume that it will be closed. I haven't been out there so can't give first hand info. Parks Vic.phone no is 13 1963 so a check with them would be advisable. Good luck.
Regards, Dave P
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Follow Up By: gjm762 - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 14:53

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 14:53
Thanks Dave,

That's about what I expected. Called Parkes Vic and they confirmed. We are very dissapointed as this is 2nd year in a row and we just love the Barmah National Park. Anywhere else you could recommend similar style to the Barmah?

Much appreciated

Greg
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