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River Murray
21 November 2022

River Murray Floods

The River Murray is currently flooding as a result of high flows upstream.

Visit the SA Government River Murray flood webpage for links to all SA government departments, SA councils and organisations with information related to the River Murray flood.

Call the River Murray Hotline 1800 362 361 for River Murray flood information.

Current alerts and warnings - Near real-time information on current SASES warnings, incidents and when available, locations to collect sandbags from.

Flow data and mapping can be accessed here.

POWER

SA Power Networks is encouraging producers to contact them with concerns on 131261. Information on power with respect to the floods can be found here.

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Additional support being offered as part of the State Government’s assistance package for the River Murray floods include;

  • River Murray Flood Primary Producer Recovery Grants - Eligible primary producers will benefit from $45.9 million allocated, enabling grants of up to $75,000 per producer. The objective of this grant is to support primary producers that have suffered direct loss or damage as a result of the 2022-23 River Murray Floods. Grants are available for individual primary production businesses to assist with costs for clean-up and recovery and will cover expenditure incurred on or after 15 November 2022. Visit the PIRSA website here to apply.

  • Generator Grants – administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Up to $500 for affected households and $4,000 grants for affected businesses and primary produces cut off from power during the 2022 River Murray Flood. Details can be found here.

  • Business Levee Engineering Support Grant – administered by the Department of Environment and Water. Grants of up to $1,000 per business for engineering advice in the remediation or construction of levee banks. More information can be found here.
  • Business Levee Embankments Remediation and Construction Grant – administered by the Department of Environment and Water. Grants of up to $50,000 per business (on a 50% cost share arrangement) to assist businesses for the remediation of existing or construction of new levee embankments. More details are available here.

RELIEF CENTRES

Relief Centres are open at Berri, Mannum and now Murray Bridge. PIRSA staff are available to assist primary producers and answer queries related to the flood financial support packages.

TRANSPORT

The latest transport information can be found here.

FAMILY AND BUSINESS MENTORS (FABS)

FABS mentors have been activated by PIRSA and are already working with concerned residents. FaB mentors are experienced in discussing and addressing issues arising from adverse events and are also able to assist producers with applications for financial support.

Find your local FABS contact here.

RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING

Rural Financial Counselling, through Rural Business Support, provides free, independent and confidential support to farmers and rural-related business owners concerned about their financial future. They can be contacted on 1800 836 211. More information can be found here.

LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE CONCERNS

The PIRSA Hotline has been established to support concerns regarding livestock - call 1800 931 314.

We are working with livestock industry partners to ensure livestock are relocated to higher ground in preparation for rising water. Advice was provided this week via SMS to those with registered Property Identification Codes (PIC),

Wildlife relief is being provided through the Department of Environment and Water website.

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS

Japanese Encephalitis, and Ross River Virus, are of significant concern with increasing mosquito populations driven by water and warmer temperatures. We are working with SA Health to amplify messaging with respect to vaccinations and the broadening of eligibility to all residents in the identified postcodes. Local pharmacies and GPs will be assisting with vaccination.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

All agencies are contributing public information for the floods with www.sa.gov.au/floods being the single point linking all government information.