Australia Accommodation booked for flooded residents, water level markers removed after complaints from council
Homes identified along South Australia's River Murray that are expected to be flooded from next week
The South Australian government says updated modelling shows 1,086 primary residences will be flooded if River Murray inflows peak at 250 gigalitres a day. Under a more likely, lower flow scenario, about 455 primary residences will be inundated.That figure is a portion of the overall projection that 3,500 to 4,000 properties could be affected by flooding, including shacks, sheds and land.The government is now undertaking what Premier Peter Malinauskas said was "one of the most substantial outbound contact efforts ever" in the lead-up to an emergency, knocking on doors to notify residents they will be flooded.
The SA government will book emergency accommodation in safe locations along the River Murray as floodwaters continue to rise, while flood markers will be removed in Renmark after the council complained they were sparking fear within the local community.
After checking almost 5,000 properties in the Riverland and Murraylands, about 500 people from 260 households have said they may need emergency accommodation that is being secured by the state government at a cost of $1.2 million.
"We want to make sure there is the ability to put a roof over people's heads who simply have literally no other option whatsoever," Premier Peter Malinauskas said.
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An emergency relief centre will open in Mannum, in addition to the one in Berri.
Mannum's Randell Street will be closed to vehicle traffic today and sections of the road ripped up to protect businesses and houses from the rising River Murray.
The Mid Murray Council hopes to have the levee completed by Friday, but it is not clear how long it will stay in place for.
Parts of the road will be ripped up and the structure will be put together using dirt and sandbags.
Mannum takeaway shop owner Alicia Wegener said she felt guilty.
But she said she was not sure whether she would be able to keep trading.
"It's pretty much still just up in the air as to whether we can keep trading or not, but, yeah, it's just hard when you're trying to order stuff and we've got staff — we employ a fair few staff — and they rely on their incomes and that too," she said.
Rising River Murray leads to power worries for Riverland farmers, as some Renmark aged care residents to be evacuated
As the River Murray continues to rise, farmers worry about the impacts of having their power cut off. Meanwhile, authorities will begin relocating a group of the most vulnerable aged care residents from Renmark this week. Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network chief executive officer, Wayne Champion, said the "first phase of its relocation plan" would be enacted for the aged care facility at Renmark Paringa Hospital.That phase will see 21 of the most vulnerable residents relocated from Tuesday.
The stability of flood levees throughout river towns is being checked daily by the State Emergency Service (SES) and engineers.
The River Murray breached a private levee at Crescent, near Renmark, yesterday, putting several properties at risk of flooding.
The SES issued a flood watch and act message for an area bordered by Crescent Street, Plushsbend Road and the River Murray.
But local resident Cathy Schier was not worried.
"It's an old levee bank, it's a flood plain, yeah, I'm feeling fine," she said.
'Miscommunication' concerns residents
Flood height markers placed around Renmark will be removed today after the local council complained they were sparking fear in the community.
The markers were placed in prominent areas in the town, including on the Sturt Highway, hundreds of metres from the river's edge.
Images of the markers were circulated widely on social media last night, creating concern among residents.
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The river is expected to peak in Renmark in eight days.
Renmark Paringa Council chief executive Tony Siviour said the flood markers would be removed today.
"I've spoken to the department for transport this morning and like I said, I think there's been a bit of a misunderstanding and they'll be taken down," he said.
Department chief executive Jon Whelan said they were installed as the result of miscommunication.
"Unfortunately, it was a little bit of miscommunication; we'll take that on the chin," he said.
"We made a mistake there and certainly we'll work with local council.
"Hopefully, by the time this interview is finished, all those markers will have been removed."
Hospital evacuation begins
Vulnerable residents at the Renmark Paringa District Hospital's aged care facility will beginfrom today.
Four residents are being moved to Barmera and four others to Loxton today, with more to be moved tomorrow.
A levee was completed last month to reduce the chance of the hospital being flooded.
Echuca residents call for levee to come down as floodwater dries up
Residents want a 2.5km levee taken down almost two months after it was built to stop flooding in Echuca.The 2.5 kilometre levee was built in mid-October to stop a rising Murray River from inundating Echuca.
Riverland, Murray and Coorong Local Health Network chief executive Wayne Champion said the water level in the river has reached the same level as the floor of the aged care facility.
"Residents that we're moving are mobility-impaired," he said.
"They can't self-rescue in the very unlikely scenario of something happening with the levee in the middle of the night.
"Therefore, for their safety, we're just relocating then in a very calm orderly manner to other facilities in the Riverland."
A second phase for relocation will take place in the next week or two.
Helen Frahn's husband Brian Frahn and elderly mother Thelma Purcell are both being moved from the Renmark hospital to Barmera.
"It's really good that they have got a plan like that because I've been seeing all this water and it's a heck of a lot of water and it's black and it's not very good.
Premier visits Murraylands
The Premier visited Younghusband — on the opposite side of the river to Mannum — where about 80 residents are expected to become water-locked. The site will soon need a new road cleared to maintain access.
Two weeks ago, the Premier.
Yesterday,she had built her own private levee, but was ineligible for any grants to pay for it.
Mr Malinauskas said he was in regular discussion with Treasurer Stephen Mullighan about what further assistance could be provided.
"The Treasurer and I are speaking very frequently about the package and how we might be adjusting it moving forward and we'll look at all those options, but we've got to be careful about the funding of levee banks because we only want to fund levee banks that are done to a particular specification," Mr Malinauskas said.
Ferries at Swan Reach and Morgan will be closed from 7pm tonight due to rising water.
The Walker Flat ferry closed this morning to allow for further preparations for floodwaters.
The Lyrup and Mannum upstream ferries are closed, while the Waikerie ferry has restrictions on heavy vehicles.
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