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Racing firms

Saturday, 17th March, 2012

HEAVY GOING: Strapper Andrew Menz having a splash at the racecourse yesterday morning. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt HEAVY GOING: Strapper Andrew Menz having a splash at the racecourse yesterday morning. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

Organisers upbeat despite drenching

 By Kurtis Eichler

 Despite a torrential downpour flooding the racecourse yesterday, organisers are confident today’s St Pat’s race meeting will go on.

The normally dry, red dirt track was inundated after it started raining on Thursday night and continued yesterday afternoon.

As the skies cleared, workers began to drain the track and organisers’ confidence was restored.

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Finals washed out

Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

The A-Grade cricket finals series will make a delayed start with this weekend’s games cancelled due to recent heavy rain.

The finals are now scheduled to commence on March 10 at the Alma Oval, however curator Rob Barrett will prepare a wicket at the Jubilee Oval in case the Alma is unplayable next weekend.

B-Grade grand finals are still set to go ahead, with the first final due to commence today at 12.30pm at the Norm Fox Sports Complex.

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Creek rescues

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared. RIVER STREET: Yesterday’s deluge turned roads into rivers as these photos of Williams Street (above) and Gypsum Street (inset) show. Kindergarten student Jordan Evans (inset) went to school prepared.

Emergency services had their work cut out for them yesterday with 36 call-outs and three rescues after the city received almost 50 millimetres of rain. 

Between 9am and 3pm, 48.6 millimetres of rain was recorded and SES Controller, Darren Larkin, said most of their work involved leaking roofs and sand bagging.

“We also had three flood rescue jobs; one on the Menindee Road, one on the Adelaide Road and one on the Silverton Road. These people were all stranded in creeks,” Mr Larkin said.

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Water on the way

Friday, 3rd February, 2012

By Paula Doran

The NSW Office of Water has made urgent water releases from the Menindee Lakes as inland tributaries at the top of the Darling system swell dramatically under massive rain.

While the towns hardest hit in southern Queensland and northern NSW were yesterday evacuating ahead of rapidly rising rivers, the Department of Primary Industries was preparing for huge volumes of water to flow into the Darling River and down to Menindee.

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Water on the way

Thursday, 2nd February, 2012

By Paula Doran


The NSW Office of Water has made urgent water releases from the Menindee Lakes as inland tributaries at the top of the Darling system swell dramatically under massive rain.
While the towns hardest hit in southern Queensland and northern NSW were yesterday evacuating ahead of rapidly rising rivers, the Department of Primary Industries was preparing for huge volumes of water to flow into the Darling River and down to Menindee.
The rainfall continued yesterday, causing floods in two major Darling River tributaries, the Gwydir and the Namoi.    
The Gwydir region was particularly hard hit, with 150 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.
At one gauging station upstream of Moree on the same river, 300,000 megalitres of water (more than half the volume of Sydney Harbour) was being measured per day.  
All around the interior in towns more famous as outbackí than riverfront, the SES and Shire Councils were battening the hatches against floodwaters. In the town of Mitchell, east of Charleville, they were expecting a flood to rival the record flood of 1990.  
Further south, St George, a town that made the headlines in last year’s big floods, residents were facing the prospect of two river systems combining in the next two days to create another record watercourse.
And as the list of rain-drenched inland towns continued to mount, water managers began preparing for the fact that much of that water could be in the Menindee Lakes within months.
Brian Graham, Surface Water Manager from the NSW Office of Water, said it was impossible to know how much water would make its way to Menindee.  
“Every flood event is unique. The catchment will respond to different flood events differently.
“Our main objective is to begin work now by increasing the release of flows out of Menindee, which will eventually protect the Menindee township from flooding when the big flows do arrive. We will certainly do everything we can to avoid flooding of low lying houses.”
State Water estimates the flood waters from this week’s flow will arrive in Menindee late next month at the earliest.
But with floodwaters already expected from rainfall late last year, water managers will be operating at peak hour to make sure there is enough space in the lakes to accommodate the large flows.
Releases from Weir 32 have been increased from 15,000 megalitres per day to 20,000, effective immediately.
Meanwhile, in the north of the State, more rain is forecast today.

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