14 Feb 2011
The surge of water into the River Murray may be a boon for boaties, but it also brings a renewed need for caution.
River flow is expected to remain high throughout February. Water levels have now reached as high as 92,000 ML/day, significantly greater than the predicted 83,000 ML/day.
The flow and depth of the River Murray is greater than we have seen for years and varies constantly. If you are taking to the river this summer, play it safe and follow these important tips, regardless of the size and type of your vessel.
What about locks?
- moorings should be constantly monitored and ropes adjusted to suit conditions. This applies to any vessel moored on the river, but houseboats in particular
- when entering a mooring you may need to take the current into consideration. As you make your approach, aim slightly upstream of your intended mooring location
- take extra care when travelling downstream towards weir infrastructure including locks. If water levels equalise on both sides of the weir, travel will be through the navigation pass rather than through the lock chamber
- remember that debris such as saplings, trees or broken infrastructure may be in the water and concealed just below the surface.
These new high river flow conditions will also bring changes to our river locks. While most locks are operating normally at present, if the water level equalises on both sides of the weir, a lock will remain open at both ends. When this happens, the weir’s navigation pass will be opened and vessels will go through this passage rather than the lock chamber.
Lock 2 closed as of 14 February 2011
As a result of high river flow and unfinished building work, Lock 2 at Taylorville will be closed from Monday 14 February 2011 for approximately four weeks. A re-opening date will be advised via local papers and On Deck.