Responding to localised flooding
Following significant rain (70mm) over the past 12 hours the Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) drainage network is currently at capacity.
MI General Manager, Operations, Alan Shea, said that MI have worked closely with the local Flood Management Authorities, local Councils, in the lead up to this event and remain in constant contact with flood authorities and river managers.
“We appreciate the current levels of anxiety in the community,” he said.
“With further rain forecast we ask you to please be patient and work with us and your local Flood Management Authority (our local Council's) when draining flood water from your property, as it will take time to get water down the drain network.”
The MI drainage network is designed for irrigation run-off – it was not designed to manage overland flows resulting from heavy rainfall.
“Illegal pumping or cuts make the situation worse downstream and can also expose individuals to legal action,” Mr Shea said.
“If additional measures are required to assist in the management of overland flows, MI works under the direction of the relevant Flood Management Authority.”
You can help by reporting any blocked irrigation drains or illegal cuts or pumping into an irrigation drain by contacting us on 02 6962 0200 and press 2.
If you are concerned for your personal safety call 000. If you require emergency assistance, call the SES 132 500. For the latest information on the flooding across the region go to your Local Council’s facebook page or website.
We will also update our website www.mirrigation.com.au as things change.