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River inflows create new hazards

30 Nov 2010

Boat operators planning to head out boating on the River Murray need to be mindful that the recent heavy rainfall has resulted in significant increase to flows and water levels.

Director, Transport Safety Regulation Brian Hemming said the flows peaked and remained elevated in South Australia for most of October, but are not expected to reach flood levels.

“The most apparent increase in River Murray water levels will be seen below Lock 1, with water levels above Lock 1 not expected to change significantly,” he said.

“With these returning water levels, there is a lot of floating debris in the water with much of it lurking beneath the surface.

“New hazards such as emergency moorings, fence posts and fences that are now, or nearly, submerged can be dangerous to river users.

“Navigation buoys can also be dislodged or even washed away in these high waters.”

If you see any hazards out on the water, please report them to Murray Watch on (08) 8531 0710.

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