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Murray River Closure – Emergency Area Extension

Murray River Closure – Emergency Area Extension

NSW SES is advising that the current emergency area for the Murray River has now been extended downstream to Robinvale.

The Murray River is closed to river craft downstream of Tocumwal Bridge to Robinvale, after an emergency area was declared on 18 October due to the current flooding along the river.

Under section 22 of the SES Act people are directed as follows:

  • Leave the emergency area
  • Do not enter the emergency area

“Due to river rises from the current flooding situation, emergency services want to ensure the safety of the community as the floodwaters move downstream,” NSW SES Incident Controller Shane Hargrave said.

“As part of the declaration no boats can enter the emergency area and people cannot enter the area for any recreational purpose such as fishing or swimming.”

The declaration of the emergency area applies to all residents on both sides of the border.

Neither NSW or Victorian users are permitted on the river at this time.

“NSW SES is urging people in the community to reconsider their actions by entering the river system while it is in flood, not only does this endanger yourself, it places our emergency services in danger to rescue you if you need help,” he said.

“NSW Maritime and NSW Police will patrol the area while it is subject to the declared emergency area.”

Emergency Services, Transport for NSW and council personnel are permitted to access the declared emergency area for emergency operational activity related to the flooding event and enforcement activities

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call NSW SES on 132 500