- Weekly flow reports and high flow advice - latest information about the flow outlook, current and forecast water levels, barrage operations and navigation issues
Latest flow forecast
There remains a high probability of 175 gigalitre a day flows at the SA border by early December 2022, similar to the 1975 flood levels.
However, it is predicted that the River is set to rise rapidly over the next fortnight before briefly flattening and rising again. Current forecasting for this second peak flow is within the range of previous peak flow forecasts, with a high probability of it reaching at least 185 GL/day, a moderate probability of 200 GL/day and a lower probability of 220 GL/day.
River communities should consider this as part of their flood emergency preparedness and factor in potential road and ferry closures, disruptions to the power network and reduced services.
The Lower Lakes are not currently forecast to experience flood levels, as it is expected that the peak can be successfully managed through barrage releases. However, it should be noted that short-term lake level changes may result from local weather events.
Latest flood information
The latest information about water levels, flow rates, barrage operations and navigation issues are available via the weekly River Murray Flow Report, including the High Flow Advice.
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For a list of current warnings with near real-time information on current SA SES warnings, incidents and when available, locations to collect sandbags, visit the SES website. Find out more about River Murray high flows from the SA SES.
To stay informed of changing weather conditions, visit the BOM website.
Daily flow and water level information
View the following live and/or daily information on current River Murray flow and water levels at:
- Daily flow rates recorded at monitoring stations along the River Murray (SA Water)
- An overview of water flow rates, release rates and river heights across the River Murray system and its tributaries (Murray-Darling Basin Authority)
- Real-time water monitoring data across South Australia, including locations along the River Murray (interactive water data site - Department for Environment and Water)
- Latest river heights for the River Murray (Bureau of Meteorology)
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River Murray estimated flow durations
Estimated arrival times and durations are provided and are indicative only. These estimates may vary dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to flow in the River Murray and/or tributaries, rainfall and saturation within catchments and attenuation and losses.
Estimated flow durations are based on water that is already in transit to South Australia and do not include future rainfall, releases from storages and the timing of flow along the different river systems within the broader Murray-Darling Basin.
Either way, there is every possibility that flow at the border may continue to be above 100 GL/day beyond the end of February 2023.
River Murray estimated water levels by flow rate
Estimated water levels in the River Murray for various flow rates (100 GL/day to 250 GL/day) are provided for key locations along the River Murray in an illustrative map and in a table. The information is indicative only.
Please refer to the notes provided in the documents to assist in the interpretation of the information. These estimates may vary dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to flow in the River Murray and/or tributaries, rainfall and saturation within catchments and attenuation and losses.
River Murray estimated travel times during flood events
Estimated travel times for the River Murray flow are provided between key locations within the River Murray system, including between the SA border and key locations in South Australia.
The estimated travel times shown are indicative only and may vary dependent on a number of factors including but not limited to flow in the River Murray, rainfall and saturation within catchments and attenuation and losses.