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Minor flood peak to hit Bourke early next week

Barwon-Darling Water spokesman Ian Cole on a flooded Darling River at Bourke. Photo TWH

The flood peak along the Barwon-Darling River has passed Brewarrina, where it caused moderate flooding, and is now just above Bourke.

Only minor flooding is expected at Bourke, with a peak of 11.2 metres expected next Tuesday 27th April.

Spokesman for Barwon-Darling Water Ian Cole says that 11.2 metres at Bourke equates to a flow rate of 50,000 megalitres, or 5 billion litres per day – past Bourke.

“That is an amazing amount of water that will find its way right down the Darling River on a daily basis, without many losses at all.

“Even with all the irrigation pumps on the Darling River going flat out – this amount of water will still pass Bourke and make it’s way down to the Menindee Lakes and beyond.

“The Barwon-Darling has been totally recharged, flushed and refreshed from top to bottom, so there will be few natural losses too.

“And the same will happen in the Lower Darling and Murray providing water users at Menindee Lakes don’t convince the government to keep all the water there,” Mr Cole said.

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