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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.

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.”

Town bracing for flood

Thursday, 9th February, 2012

With record flows heading south from the floods in Queensland and northern NSW, police are appealing to Menindee residents to let them know if they intend to evacuate their homes.

More water is being released from the lakes at Menindee to make room for the massive inflows and flooding is expected in the township.

“Police ask that any family who relocates from their home in and around the flood-affected area please notify your local police station of this fact,” said BH police spokesman Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg yesterday.  

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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