River Murray Flood Information

River Murray high flow event 2016-17

From October 2016 to January 2017 the River Murray saw an increased flow rate from interstate which saw river levels rise resulting in minor flooding.

Reduced Threat Flood Advice message issued for the River Murray Shack Areas

The SES issued a Reduced Threat Flood Advice Message for the River Murray Shack Areas in January 2017, advising that the risk of flooding for the River Murray Shack Areas has reduced.

Don't get your houseboat stranded!

Check you houseboat mooring ropes regularly.More info in this DEWNR press release.


With high flows in the River Murray no longer occurring the State Emergency Service has stopped distributing sandbags.

Boat Ramps and Road Closures

During times of high flow or flooding,some roads may be closed and will not be reopened until they have been inspected and deemed safe for traffic. Please obey road closures: be aware that mud, tree branches and other debris may still be on roads or that the road surface and verges may have been damaged. Some damage may not be visible until it is too late!

For the most up to date information relating to boat ramp access and road closures, please check the local council website for the area you are visiting. Links to local council websites are provided in the 'More Information' section below. Information is also available from the DPTI website and AlertSA.

Minimise the wash from boats and other activities!

River users are asked to keep their boat wash to a minimum on the river to reduce the impact on the riverbank and shacks - for more information please read this media release from DPTI.

Concerned about blackwater?

Blackwater is a natural phenomenon that should not stop you visiting the River Murray- for more information please see the DEWNR blackwater webpage.

Flow Outlook

Below is a table of the actual River Murray water levels recorded during this event at a number of locations from Lock 6 to Murray Bridge. 

River Murray Water Levels 21-12-2016

More Information?

For some great picturessummary of the 2016/17 high flow event from the Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) look at  this ABC article which includes some drone footage over the River Murray.

The following websites can all provide you with useful information:

Alerts and Warnings can be found on the AlertSA website. DEWNR Real-Time Water Data
River Murray Flow Reports and Advices DEWNR Flood Awareness Map
River Murray Flood Mapping Berri Barmera Council webpage
River Murray Inundation Mapping Mid-Murray Council webpage
River Murray Infrastructure Mapping Renmark Paringa Council webpage
DEWNR River Murray Safety Pages Loxton Waikerie Council webpage
SES Flood Preparedness information Murray Bridge Council webpage
SA Water Daily Flow Report Coorong Council webpage
SA Health Flood Safety information Alexandrina Council webpage









Click to view and print the SES - Quick Reference Guide - Sandbagging for protection      Click here to access information on Mozzie Safety - 'Fight the Bite' from SA Health      Click here to complete your own Emergency Flood Plan.