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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Moderate Flood Warning for the Murrumbidgee River

at Gundagai, Narrandera, Darlington Point, Carrathool, and Hay

Issued at 11:05 am EST on Monday 15 August 2022

Flood Warning Number: 26

MINOR FLOOD PEAK NEAR GUNDAGAI

MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AT NARRANDERA

MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AT DARLINGTON POINT AND POSSIBLE AT CARRATHOOL AND HAY FROM MID WEEK

A second flood peak at Gundagai, with river levels expected to ease this afternoon.

The main flood peak along the Murrumbidgee River is now approaching Narrandera, where moderate flooding is occurring. A moderate flood peak is possible at Narrandera around Tuesday.

Minor flooding is occurring at Darlington Point. As floodwaters continue to extend downstream, minor flood peak is expected around Thursday.

Minor flooding is possible at Carrathool and Hay from mid week. During late August Hay may reach moderate flooding.

Flood operations are being conducted by WaterNSW at Burrinjuck Dam and spillway releases have commenced. The releases may vary subject to inflow rates. The release plan follows consultation with the SES and local communities. WaterNSW are working closely with the Bureau, NSW SES and landholders with releases taken into account into the flood forecasts and warnings.

Murrumbidgee River downstream of Burrinjuck to Wagga Wagga:

Renewed minor flooding is likely along the Murrumbidgee River downstream of Burrinjuck at Gundagai.

The Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai is currently near its peak at 6.12 metres and steady, with minor flooding..

Murrumbidgee River downstream of Wagga Wagga to Narrandera:

Moderate flooding is occurring along the Murrumbidgee River downstream of Wagga Wagga at Narrandera.

The Murrumbidgee River at Narrandera may peak near 7.50 metres overnight Monday into Tuesday with moderate flooding.

Murrumbidgee River downstream of Narrandera to Darlington Point:

Minor flooding is occurring along the Murrumbidgee River downstream of Narrandera at Darlington Point.

The Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point may reach near 6.40 metres around Thursday, with minor flooding.

Murrumbidgee River downstream of Darlington Point to Balranald Weir:

Moderate flooding is possible along the Murrumbidgee River at Hay. Minor flooding is possible at Carrathool.

The Murrumbidgee River at Carrathool may exceed the minor flood level (7.00 m) early next week 22-23 August.

The Murrumbidgee River at Hay Town may exceed the minor flood level (6.50 m) mid next week (24 August). The river level may reach the moderate flood level (7.50 m) late next week 25-26 August.

Flood Safety Advice:

In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

  • * Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
  • * Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
  • * Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
  • * Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.

For more emergency information, advice, and access to the latest river heights and rainfall observations and forecasts:

* NSW SES: www.ses.nsw.gov.au

* RMS Live Traffic: www.livetraffic.com

* Latest River Heights and Rainfall Observations: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/southwest.shtml

* Latest NSW Warnings: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

* Rainfall Forecasts: www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

* BOM NSW Twitter: www.twitter.com/BOM_NSW

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 am EST on Tuesday 16 August 2022.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Tumut River at Tumut 1.27 Falling 10:50 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai 6.12 Steady 10:30 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Eringoarrah 6.83 Rising 10:40 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga 6.04 Steady 10:40 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Narrandera 7.44 Rising 10:45 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Gogeldrie Weir 6.49 Rising 09:47 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point 5.70 Rising 10:00 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Hay Weir Downstream 5.77 Rising 09:47 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Maude Weir Downstream 5.47 Rising 10:00 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Redbank Weir 5.70 Steady 09:47 AM MON 15/08/22
Murrumbidgee River at Balranald Weir Downstream 6.13 Steady 10:00 AM MON 15/08/22

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts.