River Murray boating restrictions ease as flood emergency moves towards clean-up phase

Boating restrictions have eased along upstream reaches of the River Murray in South Australia ahead of a lengthy and expensive clean-up operation, as floodwaters gradually recede. Key points: Restrictions have eased for motorized boats upstream of Barmera But they remain in place for some vessels, including kayaks and houseboats The premier said it was a … Read more

Truck driver allegedly on wrong side of Sturt Highway charged with drink driving

A truck driver whose B-double was allegedly spotted swerving into oncoming traffic on a major regional highway was almost four times the legal blood-alcohol limit, police say. Key points: The truck was spotted on the Sturt Highway near Barmera on Thursday afternoon Police allege the driver initially failed to stop He has been arrested and … Read more

River Murray peak reached in all South Australian towns affected by flooding

The River Murray has peaked in all affected South Australian towns, authorities say. Key points: The River Murray has now peaked in all SA towns Wellington, near where the river empties into Lake Alexandrina, reached the peak yesterday Authorities say water flows were expected to drop to 60 gigalitres by the end of the month … Read more

Riverland flooding victim identified as Loxton grandfather Robert Glen Westbrook

The man who was found dead next to his boat during flooding in South Australia’s Riverland has been identified as Loxton grandfather Robert Glen Westbrook. Key points: Robert Westbrook’s body was found this morning Police say it is unclear what happened Another man was found dead near Waikerie last month The 78-year-old’s body was found … Read more

Flooding closes Mannum’s main street as peak River Murray flow passes through SA town

Mannum’s main street has closed because of flooding just as the River Murray has reached its peak flow through the town in South Australia’s Murraylands. Key points: The River Murray has peaked at Mannum The town’s main street has been shut due to water coming up through a stormwater pipe Lake Bonney has reopened to … Read more

Milang shacks flood after high River Murray inflows, strong winds and high tides on Lake Alexandrina

High flows into Lake Alexandrina from the River Murray, strong winds and high tides have led to flooding in the South Australian town of Milang that seemed like it would be unaffected by the disaster affecting other parts of the state. Key points: Milang is on Lake Alexandrina near the mouth of the River Murray … Read more

Who is eligible for River Murray flood grants and how much are the payments?

As flooding continues to impact communities along the River Murray, the state and federal governments have announced a raft of grants to help with relief and recovery. Here’s a look at what payments are on offer and who is eligible. How much is on offer? The South Australian and federal governments will fund a $126 … Read more

Downstream communities prepare as River Murray flood peak approaches, river restrictions continue

The South Australian Government says it is too soon to forecast when restrictions will be eased on water activities near flooded River Murray communities. Key points: Restrictions on River Murray use will be divided into eight ‘zones’ Downstream River Murray communities are preparing for the flood peak The peak hit Cobdogola yesterday and is expected … Read more

Large Murray flooding funding package as more levee breaches hit South Australian farmers

Levees protecting dairy farms and other agricultural properties in South Australia’s Murraylands have been breached, as the Premier announces what he says is the state’s largest natural disaster support package. Key points: A flood assistance package worth $126 million has been announced Several agricultural levees have been breached or overtopped along the lower Murray River … Read more

Earthmovers go from competitors to comrades as Murray River locals share gratitude for non-stop levee works

It’s a normal day at the office for Dave De Grancy and his fellow earthmovers, sharing a laugh and working around the clock to maintain the extensive system of levee banks protecting Riverland towns. Murray River floodwaters are slowly traveling downstream from Renmark. It’s currently at a peak of 190 gigalitres a day, about 2 … Read more