03/17/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/17/2023 00:04

Menindee lakes update

Given heavy rainfall and flooding from the northern parts of the Murray Darling Basin catchments, more than five times of the lake's capacity of water has flowed into the lakes in 2022, with an unprecedented more than 9,000 gigalitres coming into the system.

Even with constant water releases to create airspace throughout the year, the Menindee lakes have remained above full supply level since February 2022.

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is leading the current flood response in the Menindee evacuation.

WaterNSW has been meeting daily with the SES, the Bureau of Meteorology (Bureau) and the Local Emergency Management Committee on the management of flood waters and release decisions to best protect the community.

Given the incoming floodwaters, the gates of the main weir are currently being incrementally raised to pass flows.

Regular operational updates for community are being issued by WaterNSW, including recent daily updates.

The Bureau is responsible for providing information on river heights and flood warnings to the community.

Back to media releases