Are you impacted by the Murray River Flood?
If you have a home or business at risk, or currently affected by the Murray River flood, here’s where you can access a range of updates and resources to help.
- Lower river communities
- Staying in, or visiting, flood-affected areas
- Emergency relief and resources
- Emergency Management Directions
Lower river communities
Communities in the lower river and lake regions of the Fleurieu, encompassed within Alexandrina Council, include:
- Clayton Bay
- Goolwa/Hindmarsh Island Marina
It is expected these communities will reach their peak by 13 January 2023. However, high water levels may continue to impact homes, businesses and communities well beyond the peak. For current information about flow levels, visit Water Connect.
While flood waters are expected to peak by mid January, they will likely remain at or near peak heights for a week. If your property is at risk, now is the time to prepare.
- Follow your emergency plans. Relocate early if you think you may not be able to manage impacts.
- Plan your route carefully to avoid flooded roads and allowing extra travel time.
- Advise your family, friends and neighbours of your plan and if you decide to leave. If you are leaving, leave early and carefully consider last minute decisions to leave.
- Make arrangements now for accommodation should you need to leave. Plan to stay with family, friends or find alternative accommodation in areas unaffected by flooding.
- Don’t forget to make plans for pets and other animals or livestock that may be impacted by floodwater.
A Flood Mapping Tool is available on the SASES website which can be used to check if your property may be impacted at the examples of 180GL and 200GL per day flow rates.
If you have a shack or houseboat along the river or a lake which may be impacted by floodwaters, the SES have created guides to help you prepare for when waters both rise, and subside.
Once your property is accessible, you should seek professional assistance to assess it for asbestos before undertaking any repairs or replacement, as exposure to, and removal of damaged asbestos materials can expose you to the risk of mesothelioma.
Staying in, or visiting, flood-affected areas
While peak water levels have been reached across the upper Murray River, floodwaters are still peaking at the lower end and will remain high for some weeks yet. It is important to ensure:
- You have enough essentials such as food, water, fuel and medications. Emergency services will not be able to resupply you
- Do not let children play in or near floodwater or drains
- Do not walk, ride or drive through floodwater
- Do not go within 50 metres of electricity lines standing in floodwaters
If you see any defects or have concerns regarding the safety or integrity of a levee, contact the South Australian State Emergency Service on 132 500.
Conditions can change quickly. Boat ramps, jetties and roads may have to close at short notice. Locals and river-goers are reminded not to swim, ride, walk or drive through high flow waterways.
Emergency relief and resources
For information about emergency accommodation, personal financial assistance, business grant assistance, free legal assistance, and waste and power assistance, visit the South Australian Government’s website.
Emergency Management Directions
People are not able to be on a levee unless they are responding to an emergency, inspecting, conducting maintenance or repair, nor can you use a levee to secure a vessel.
Breaches of these directions may result in fines of up to $1000.
Please be aware this information on this page is current at the time of publication, but may be subject to change as conditions change.