Forecasts of increasing flows in the Murray River have prompted Mid Murray Council to issue an alert for river users and property owners.
Murray River flows into SA have been reaching around 36GL per day as heavy rains in the Eastern States led to increased flows in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Mid Murray Council has released an alert saying while flows of up to 40GL into SA are at the upper level of the normal range, there is an increased risk of faster currents and submerged debris the higher they rise over the threshold.
Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said Council is encouraging all river users and riverfront property owners and residents to be aware that river levels are forecast to continue throughout June.
“There’s a small possibility that if levels continue to rise, there may be a risk of minor inundation in some areas," Mayor Burgess said.
“It also changes the river’s behaviour – and this is something all users should be watching out for. Faster currents present a danger for those on or in the water, and there’s also the risk of submerged threats such as fallen trees or other debris that can be moved by the stronger water flows.
“We encourage anyone living on or near the water to keep up to date with river level forecasts and to check on their properties and river assets such as boats, pontoons and jetties regularly.
“If you’re out on the river, be mindful that conditions have changed and, even if you know a particular swimming, kayaking, boating or fishing spot well, there’s always a risk of strong currents or new underwater dangers. Check your surroundings thoroughly, wear appropriate protective gear such as a personal floatation device, and always tell someone of your intended movements.”
Council will continue to monitor river flows and levels, and will take precautions to protect its own infrastructure in low-lying areas if required.
Property owners and residents who need sandbags can collect these from Council’s Depots by appointment. For details contact 8569 0100.
Find the latest on Murray River flows online here: www.waterconnect.sa.gov.au.
Photo at top supplied by Mid Murray Council