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Farmers urged to move stock and report damage

Farmers should continue to move stock to higher ground as the flooding situation continues in the Murray region, according to Murray Local Land Services.

Further downpours of rain this week have exacerbated the situation, with operators at Hume Dam releasing 75 GL/day to keep up with inflows, and the Murray River downstream of the wall in moderate flood. The Murray downstream of Yarrawonga is also in moderate flood, with further river rises predicted across the region over the next 10 days.

Other areas of particular concern include the Edward River at Deniliquin and Moulamein, and the Billabong Creek downstream to Moulamein.

The State Emergency Service is coordinating the flood response, with Local Land Services playing a supporting role in looking after animal welfare, in close cooperation with NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Murray Local Land Services has established a local control centre in Albury.

Incident controller, Geoff Corboy, said it was important for farmers to report flood damage to Local Land Services as it happens.

“There is damage to property across our region, and accurate reporting from landholders is needed to support the agricultural sector,” he said.

“We expect many farmers are yet to report their damage, but letting us know with early estimates is essential to build an accurate picture of what is happening on the ground.

“Report early and update us later as you know more.”

Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299, or contact their nearest Local Land Services office, to report agricultural losses, including fencing crops, and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.

Flood damage reports are an essential part of understanding the full impact of the floods on the primary industries sector.

Mr Corboy warned that graziers may face also animal health issues following the flooding.

“There are a number of animal health issues that comes with floods and inundation, including feet, skin, worms and pasture quality,” he said.

For further information on flood-related animal health issues, contact your local district veterinarian.

The local control centre will continue to support the farming community through the joint Local Land Services and NSW DPI response.

Media contact: Matt Lane 02 6051 2252, mob 0427 459 755, matt.g.lane@lls.nsw.gov.au