Releases lead to river rise

Date: 2021-09-05 01:52:30

The Murray River at Corowa reached minor flood levels of five metres yesterday as Hume Dam water releases recommence to create much needed airspace.

In response to the updated Bureau of Meteorology forecast for more rain than expected last weekend, the MDBA began increasing releases from Hume Dam on Friday, September 3, 2021.

The MDBA increased releases to 10 GL per day on Friday to manage airspace within Hume Dam in response to forecast rainfall.

Releases increased to 22 GL per day on Saturday, September 4 as significant stream flow responses were observed.

“By releasing water, the MDBA reduced the flood peak from close to 70 GL per day to 22 GL downstream of Hume Dam,” Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) acting Chief Executive Andrew Reynolds said.

“Releases from Hume Dam are likely to stay close to 22 GL per day for several days, subject to inflows generated in the upper catchments.

“These releases mean that flows at Albury and downstream will remain slightly above the river channel in some locations due to high flows also in the Kiewa River – which joins the Murray River downstream of Hume Dam.

“Active management of releases has been occurring over the last week and our river operators continue to work around the clock to assess weather data and inflows, and manage releases with WaterNSW.”

Our priority is keeping the dam safe, capturing and storing water, and where we can, mitigating floods.

The MDBA strongly encourage those living and working on the floodplain to sign up for WaterNSW’s Early Warning Network to be notified about dam and supply activities during periods of flooding or high releases, including when flows at Doctor’s Point exceed 25,000 MG a day.

For flood warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings for up-to-date flood warnings in your area.


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