Menindee flood not over yet

The flood level at Menindee was sitting steady at 10.22m on Tuesday afternoon, but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), suggest it could rise to 10.70m at Menindee town gauge from Thursday.

River levels are likely to remain elevated above the major flood level (9.70m) through to mid-January.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 73,000ml of water per day is being released from the Menindee Main Weir by WaterNSW – down 2000ml per day from Monday.

An evacuation order has been in place for properties along the area since Friday morning.

Multiple roads are closed due to floodwaters, with specific and evolving information available via the Central Darling Shire Council website.

David Rankine, of NSW SES, said on Tuesday it was difficult to predict whether we’ve seen the worst of the situation.

“Any decisions to release more water is not a decision we make, but that we respond to and we’ll be working very closely with WaterNSW to ensure that we are well-informed well ahead of time should any further releases be continued,” Mr Rankine told the Barrier Truth.

“The town itself, the main community area of Menindee is not at risk of flooding. The flooding that we’re managing at the moment is on low-lying properties along the Darling River. They are a mixture of holiday shacks and permanent residences.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work with our RFS partners this week with the proposed peak being pushed back continuously since the beginning of the weekend. We’ve been able to do a lot of work, and will continue to do that right the way through this week.

“We received a roadtrain of 40 pallets of sandbags delivered to Menindee.”

“Today [Tuesday], we received a roadtrain of 40 pallets of sandbags that had been delivered to Menindee.

“They are legacy from the Victorian flooding late last year. We’ve got another roadtrain of 40 pallets turning up, so we’re certainly moving a lot of flood preparation resources into the community and we just want to remind the community that we are there working really hard on their behalf, we’re continuing to bring adequate resources into the community to assist.”

Mr Rankine says the local SES has been assisting the Menindee community with flooding for months now, setting up adequate housing options and an evacuation centre at the Menindee Civic Centre on Perry St, as well as urging residents to set their own emergency plan in response.

“It’s only been in the last four days that we’ve seen significant rises in the release through the main weir and we’ve seen a dramatic jump from 9.6 to 10.2m during that timeframe,” he said.

“We want to thank the Menindee community who have been so welcoming of our volunteers and RFS volunteers from right around the state the last few weeks who have come over the festive period and given up time with family to help the community. I think the community members have been extremely appreciative of that and have been very welcoming to all of our volunteers who have been in town and we want to thank them for that.”

If you require assistance from the NSW SES, call 132 500.

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