River will peak on Friday

October 12, 2016

High water levels provided Troy Clymo with the rare opportunity to paddle down the Campaspe river. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Echuca-Moama residents remain on edge as the river levels continue to rise.

However, Echuca SES unit controller Ian Marriott said there was no cause for alarm.

‘‘Slow and steady. We’re keeping an eye on it,’’ he said.

The Murray River at Echuca is expected to rise slowly and reach 93.7m on Friday with minor flooding.

River levels in the Campaspe will remain high for a number of days or even weeks due to the high level in the Murray.

Now an island, Moama Riverside Caravan Park was holding tight yesterday, with the water reaching its sandbags.

‘‘The water came up about 200mm yesterday (Monday) and will continue until Friday,’’ owner Peter Warnett said.

‘‘The preparation work we did on Sunday has been a great support and is paying dividends.

‘‘The sandbags are at the correct height to cater for the prediction.’’

Parts of Murraybank Caravan Park in Mathoura are under water, with staff busy sandbagging over the past couple of days.

Picnic Point Caravan Park is cut off, with the causeway on Picnic Point Rd closed on Monday.

Co-manager Paula Davidson said although they were not flooded, they had sandbags at the ready.

‘‘We’re worried, but we hope we’re not affected,’’ she said.

Torrumbarry residents are also on high alert as the weir is expected to reach a major flood level of 7.8m by Monday.

A new temporary gauge has been installed on the Campaspe River at Echuca to monitor flood levels.

On Monday, a geo technical engineer assessed some of the levees in Echuca and downstream of Echuca with results to provide further information on works that may be needed.

A community sandbag collection point has been set up at Echuca East Oval on Sutton St.

■Go to our Facebook page for live streaming of last night’s public flood meeting in Echuca.

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