26 September 2023

Flowing river prompts water warning

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With high flows in the River Murray for the first time in six years, the South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) is reminding people to exercise water safety.

Chief Officer of the SASES, Chris Beattie said the continued high flows over the past months had seen a burst of flora, fish, birds and other fauna, attracting visitors and locals alike.

“There has been a strong increase in recreational traffic on the water, making it timely to remind people to enjoy their water recreation in safety,” Mr Beattie said.

“A vibrant and healthy River Murray is one of our State’s great tourist attractions,’’ he said.

“However, high flows can result in challenging conditions and we urge people to apply basic safety when using the river, including checking weather forecasts for your particular area and if flood warnings or advice have been issued.”

The SASES official said local communities and visitors might see river levels raise and lower over the coming months as the flows from interstate were affected by rainfall events.

“We are continually monitoring water flows and will issue advice if appropriate,” Mr Beattie said.

“People should be aware that some low-lying areas of the floodplain may be impacted by rising water levels and shack owners should consider preparing their properties should river levels continue to rise.”

River Murray Water Delivery Manager at the Department for Environment and Water, Chrissie Bloss said current water levels in the River Murray were providing ideal conditions for wildlife to flourish.

“We encourage people to enjoy the scenery and the water and stay safe,’’ Ms Bloss said.

“Increased flows and floodplain inundation, driven by high rainfall in the Eastern States, has created ideal conditions for the local ecology and provides great environmental benefits for the river. Changing flows are part of normal river life.”

Weekly updates of River Murray flows can be found on the Department for Environment and Water website at this PS News link.

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