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The Murrumbidgee in flood

By johnboy 18 February 2010 18

Murrumbidgee in flood
[First Filed Feb 17, 2010]
The wonderful folk at www.kayakcanberra.com have been out shooting the rapids (and the pictures) in what is usually the somnolent creek known as the Murrumbidgee.

Only after the weekend wrecking deluge it’s a river now!

Slideshow courtesy of KayakCanberra below:

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yoyo23 8:18 am 23 Feb 10

Burrinjuck is downstream of the Murrumbidgee and you can check it’s storage level here:
http://www.waterinfo.nsw.gov.au/sr/burrinjuck.shtml

Gungahlin Al 6:49 pm 20 Feb 10

Wow. Easy to see how silly folk get themselves washed away…

akpv 4:53 pm 18 Feb 10

MsCheeky said :

Friends and I were thinking of putting our kayaks and canoes in the water at Point Hutt and going down to Pine Island on the weekend. Is it safe for amateurs. We’ve done it in the past with blow-up boats and had to carry them over quite a few areas with exposed rocks. Any idea whether we’d be floating over the whole thing this time?

You need to take care at higher levels, the main dangers are logs and trees. It will be more exciting at above 2m on the Lobbs hole gauge then what you describe. My advice would be to wait until it drops around that level before getting out there, chances are by the weekend it will be ok. You can check the river heights here: http://kayakcanberra.com/heights/

welkin31 said :

Thanks, I knew about that. And I note it is showing Cotter at 100% which I assume means spilling over.

Yeah, cotter is spilling over. All of the water seen in the pictures above is flowing into burrinjuck which will later be released for irrigation in drier times.

welkin31 4:12 pm 18 Feb 10

Thanks, I knew about that. And I note it is showing Cotter at 100% which I assume means spilling over.
There is also this Elders site re all metro dam levels ?
Here is the NSW page, just click on the dam you are interested in.
http://www.eldersweather.com.au/damlevel.jsp?lt=state&lc=nsw
To check other states, just type qld or vic or wa or act – sa etc in the URL bar where nsw is now. tas does not seem to work.

oddball508 3:31 pm 18 Feb 10

Try this link for info of the dam levels – http://www.actewagl.com.au/water/facts/damCapacity.aspx

welkin31 1:39 pm 18 Feb 10

Does anybody have photos or info re inflows above our dams ?

MsCheeky 10:37 am 18 Feb 10

Friends and I were thinking of putting our kayaks and canoes in the water at Point Hutt and going down to Pine Island on the weekend. Is it safe for amateurs. We’ve done it in the past with blow-up boats and had to carry them over quite a few areas with exposed rocks. Any idea whether we’d be floating over the whole thing this time?

deye 11:47 pm 17 Feb 10
s-s-a 10:31 pm 17 Feb 10

Excellent shots thanks! I have some from Clo’s and Southwell’s crossings (on the Molonglo down from the back of the RSPCA). Was very surprised to find the concrete above water level at Southwell’s (on Monday afternoon). The sound of a roaring rapid is good for the soul!

akpv 3:31 pm 17 Feb 10

It was at almost exactly the same level on 30/06/2007. It is very rare for it to get this high in Summer, normally a winter thing.

tortfeaser 11:05 am 17 Feb 10

Red Rocks I think, upstream of Kambah Pool.

spinact 10:05 am 17 Feb 10

wow, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the Bidgee like that

GardeningGirl 10:05 am 17 Feb 10

Computer must be slow, the slideshow only appeared after I posted. Going to look now.

GardeningGirl 10:03 am 17 Feb 10

Great pic!

Thumper 8:12 am 17 Feb 10

Ginninderra Creek was a river for a few days as well!

deye 12:40 am 17 Feb 10

I’m curious, where is that location in the top image ?

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