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Record flows into the River Murray

28 Jun 2011

murray river tree Water flowing into the River Murray continues to remain at a high level as a result of wet catchments and continuing rainfall, the Department for Water reports.
 
During 2010‐11 around 17,100 gigalitres (GL) flowed into the River Murray system, which is nearly double the long‐term average inflow of approximately 8,780 GL.
 
The high inflow upstream has resulted in 15,050 GL flowing across the South Australian border to 22 June 2011.
 
This flow will be the highest recorded since 1975‐76 when 20,660 GL flowed to South Australia.
 
All catchments remain wet and volumes in storage are higher compared to the same time last year. As a result, even with average rainfall, good stream flow responses will occur.
 
Rainfall, inflow and storage conditions across the Murray‐Darling Basin will be closely monitored over the next six months and, if necessary, operations such as pre‐releases from storages will be undertaken to minimise potential risks associated with high flow and flood events.
 
Full details from the latest River Murray Flow Advice Update is available online from the Department for Water.
 

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