Menindee on alert as flood waters continue to rise

“Measuring devices make a real difference. It is very clear in the flood investigation and it is very clear to me here today that this is something that the community and SES have addressed. We need more gauges,” he said.

About 10 properties in Menindee Parish have been evacuated since December 30, while 30 homes have been flooded.

Menindee Weir released 75,000 megaliters a day last week, the equivalent of 30,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Local residents, the Rural Fire Department and SES have been building and repairing levees across the city to protect homes in the area for more than a week.


Large flood levels continue upstream at Tilpa and Wilcannia, where a prolonged peak above flood level is likely to persist. And downstream at Burundy, the Darling River can top 7.7 meters in late January.

The SES says major flooding is ongoing in the far west and southwest of the state along the lower Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray and Darling rivers.

Meanwhile, Western Australia is suffering from its own catastrophic floods. A swollen Fitzroy River devastated the town of Fitzroy Crossing earlier this week, and an inland sea 50 kilometers wide surges towards the Kimberley coast.

WA Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said on Saturday 105 people had been relocated from the area, with more to be flown out in the coming days.

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Callan Tansill

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