Hume Dam releases increase to manage airspace 6 July


MDBA Senior Director River Management, Joe Davis, said the releases are at channel capacity downstream of Hume at Doctors Point but may be increased if rainfall and inflow forecasts strengthen.

“We are working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to monitor forecast rainfall in the area over the coming days,” Mr Davis said.

“Releases from Hume Dam are currently targeting 25,000 ML/day at Doctors Point but could safely be increased to around 32,000 ML/day in the coming days to gain airspace ahead of predicted rainfall.

“Adjusting release volumes in this manner is both effective and routine for the MDBA to mitigate flood risk while delivering on our primary role of keeping the dam safe.

“With water moving through the Murray from releases and inflows, river levels downstream of Hume will be higher in some places. We want to remind those living downstream of the dams to always be flood ready.

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