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Have river, will flood

Saturday, 18th February, 2012

GOING UNDER: Doug Spencer on his property which has been filling up with water for the past fortnight. The tree on the left of the picture is normally “28 steps” from the river, he says. GOING UNDER: Doug Spencer on his property which has been filling up with water for the past fortnight. The tree on the left of the picture is normally “28 steps” from the river, he says.

It will be another three or four weeks before more floodwaters come down to Menindee but some townsfolk are already moving out.

Broken Hill locals, Doug and Chicky Spencer, have a Menindee home right beside the Darling River. Yesterday they moved the last of their belongings to higher ground as the last part of their block filled with water.

Mr Spencer said it had been “creeping in for a fortnight” and was about 35 centimetres deep.

The couple will go to Sunset Strip for the weekend before coming back to the Broken Hill to sit it out.

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Better wet than dry, says farming family

Saturday, 18th February, 2012

Domenic and his nephew Paul D’Ettorre live on neighboring properties outside Menindee where they grow grapes.

The floodwaters coming down won’t hurt Domenic’s crops too severely because most of it was picked in December and grapes can survive in water for a couple of months.

“Crops can be under water as long, as it dries out,” Domenic said.

“They are pretty tough but if it is stone fruit, forget it.”

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Flood could be largest since ‘76

Saturday, 11th February, 2012

For the third time in two years floodwaters have triggered pre-releases from the Menindee Lakes storage, as towns and properties along the Darling brace for what could be the largest flood event in 35 years.

With the lakes’ storage brimming as a result of inflows earlier this summer, authorities have acted in a bid to make room for the impending additional flows which will arrive in two waves.

The first will come from floodwater travelling down the Moonie, Namoi and Gwydir Rivers, and will be followed by flood flows from the Queensland Rivers.

The pre-releases, which started Thursday last week, have already seen flows increase to 23,000 megalitres per day, up from 15,000 ML/d per day, and are expected to reach 35,000 ML/d per day by next Friday.

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Flooded in a flash

Saturday, 28th January, 2012

LAKESIDE PLAZA: Shoppers wading through knee-deep water yesterday evening in the Centro carpark. LAKESIDE PLAZA: Shoppers wading through knee-deep water yesterday evening in the Centro carpark.

Severe thunderstorms and strong winds lashed the city suddenly late yesterday, dropping nearly two inches of rain in a torrential downpour that flooded the streets, knocked out the power supply and caused businesses to close.

Threatening, dark clouds rolled in from the west during the day and in the evening the storm broke.

Throughout the day the Bureau of Meteorology warned that flash flooding and damaging winds were on their way and the sky opened about 5.30pm.

Minutes later the city centre was plunged into darkness when the power went out. It was restored about 45 minutes later but the Silver City Cinema had to cancel the night’s shows because the power kept dropping out.

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Flood warning for Menindee

Saturday, 17th December, 2011

Menindee residents are being told to prepare for flooding in the New Year as daily releases from the lakes scheme are being dramatically increased to make room for floodwaters.
NSW Water Commissioner, David Harriss, said the releases would allow the lakes to store inflows and reduce the potential for flooding in the Menindee area.
But he warned that with wet catchments, the lakes near full and high rainfall forecast in the Northern Basin, the chance of floods on the Darling River was high.
It is less than 12 months since a number of Menindee properties were inundated or cut off by floods.
Daily releases from Menindee were to increase to 9000 megalitres per day by tomorrow, and yesterday the NSW Office of Water said this would rise to 16,000 ML a day by December 24.
Releases from Lake Cawndilla to the Great Darling Anabranch will begin at 250 ML per day this weekend and rise to 1,800 ML a day by December 24.
At 16,000 megalitres per day in the Lower Darling, flows will pass naturally into the Great Darling Anabranch.
Flows further downstream will continue to rise and will reach about 12,000 ML per day or 5.65m in gauge height at Burtundy early next month.
The Officer of Water said landholders with stock, and river users with pumps, should take account of the changed flow rates along the Lower Darling and Anabranch and make adjustments to their operations.
Campers also need to be aware of the potential for rapidly rising river levels as areas of the floodplain and creeks will start to be inundated between Christmas and New Year.
More information will be provided by the Office of Water before Christmas.

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