Flood warnings for shack owners

INUNDATED: Barry Albrecht indicates the height the river reached during the 1974/75 floods at his River Murray shack in Bowhill. As the River Murray continues to rise, State Emergency Services (SES) have urged shack owners to activate their Emergency Flood Plans.
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A minor flood warning has been issued for shacks between Cadell and Mannum, with particular focus on Bowhill and Walker Flat.

SES predicted flows from the Victorian border to exceed 60 gigalitres a day in the coming weeks, as a result of recent heavyrainfall in the eastern states.

Shack owners have been advised to prepare their families and properties for the water levelto rise and move items of value to a safer location.

SES have told owners to never walk, ride or drive through the floodwater, including water affected causeways.

Bowhill resident Barry Albrecht moved to town in the middle of the 1974 and 1975 floods andhas become well acquainted with floods.

He said if itever reached the level of 1974 again, residents would be forced to move out.

Back then, the flow from the border reached 180 gigalitres a day and during the floods in 2011, it reached 94.

In their latest report, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)predicted the flow would reach 60 gigalitres at the end of October, and could increase to 80 in late November.

Mr Albrecht saidthe current flow did not concern him but if more rain came through, shack owners should be prepared.

“Ifwe start to reach 90 gigalitres from the border, we’re in trouble,” he said.

“Everyone would have to shift their possessions to higher ground, and if it reaches much more than that, the shacks are in trouble.”

DEWNR will release their next flowreport this Friday, October 28.

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