AFTER an unusually wet start to the year, river levels over the past week have risen quite considerably, leaving many people concerned of the flood levels. The levels have been reported as approaching ‘moderate flooding’ for the Goulburn and Broken Catchments since 2:54pm on Monday, October 3.
At the last point prior to The Adviser going to publication, the Goulburn River levels were recorded at a height of 10.13m.
Compared to the same period last year, the Shepparton region alone has seen a considerable rise in rain events, recording 89mm throughout September this year, compared to just 15.4mm falling in the same period for 2015.
With another 3mm of rain expected to fall in the coming week, and if the river continues to rise, Goulburn Murray Water (G-MW) is by law obliged to begin removing bars at the Loch Garry structure, a 48-bay structure that forms part of the 9km of levee banks under G-MW’s management.
If river levels reach 10.36m at Shepparton, G-MW will begin removing bars at a pre-determined rate.
Potential impact of flooding
The potential local impact of flooding in the Shepparton area may include:
- River levels may reach the top of the bank or flow into low-lying areas
- Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater
- Caravan parks and camping areas may be flooded
What You Should Do
- Stay informed – monitor local conditions and be aware of the situation
- Farmers should prepare to move machinery and livestock to higher ground
- Tune in to your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television
- Ensure your family members and neighbours are aware of the situation
- Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
- Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
- For flood or storm emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500
- For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000)
Station date/time Water level (m)