Caravan park forced to act as Murray River rises

Published: October 4, 2016
Ball Park Caravan Park inundated

The rising waters in many parts of southern Australia are continuing to wreak havoc on the plans of grey nomads and other travellers and holidaymakers.

A caravan park on the Murray River has become the latest to evacuate as another week of wild weather looms in many parts. The ABC is reporting that cranes have started to move 20 onsite cabins at the Ball Park Caravan Park at Corowa – on the New South Wales banks of the river – to higher ground. The cabins will be relocated and trucks will also be used to move about 150 caravans out of the path of rising floodwater.

The State Emergency Service said the area was facing the highest river levels in 20 years, with the Murray expected to peak at 7.7 metres.

Murray River Action Group chairman Richard Sargoods was highly critical of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s management of releases from Lake Hume.

“Blind Freddy could have seen this coming,” he told the ABC.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for all Victorian districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology told the ABC that a cold front embedded in a vigorous westerly airflow will rapidly cross the state, bringing winds of between 50 and 60 kilometres per hour.

Damaging 96 kilometre per hour gusts were recorded at Mt William in the Grampians this morning, while damaging winds of up to 100kph were possible in parts of the state’s north, central and south-east.

Areas that were on alert include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

The State Control Centre’s Diana Ferguson said all Victorians should be monitoring the weather conditions.

“Do not park under trees if possible and if safe to do so, prepare your property,” she said.

There were major flood warnings for the Avoca and Loddon rivers in the state’s north-central district.

 

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Mack Carson
5 years ago

“”Murray River Action Group chairman Richard Sargoods was highly critical of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s management of releases from Lake Hume””

They no different to the incompetents up here in Queensland.

take their wages. go out to dinners.
“ah well. The levels will drop again”
We’ll be right. Public have short memories.

A little of “responsibilities for you own actions”
Wouldn’t go too far astray I reckon.

All they are is higher on the ladder council workers.

All themajor damages in the country should have a plaque erected.

This damage in ??? on???? date.
was the responsibilty of the incompetence of Mr Fred Blogsand his mates. Tina turner and freddy Mercury etc….etc.

Let them be names. and shamed.

Kerry Healey
5 years ago

What’s happening at Corowa, we are booked in at Rivergum Holiday park from 22/10 to 29/10. Is it flooded?

Robyn Davies
5 years ago
Reply to  Kerry Healey

Ring them and ask. Corowa is experiencing extensive flooding at present. If the weather stays clear as is at the moment, over the next few days, the levels will drop when they start closing gates again on the Hume Dam. All depends on the amount of inflow into the Murray upstream.

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