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Flooding in Berrigan Shire 1917

08/10/2016

As we are watching the high levels of the Murray River at present we thought we would do a feature on flooding in the Shire in 1917. The two articles featured in the attached picture came from Trove, the National Library of Australia http://trove.nla.gov.au. A transcript of each is included below:

The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 19 June 1917 page 7
FLOOD WATERS.
BERRIGAN, Monday.
At Barooga, the Murray River has slowly risen since Friday, to-day being 22ft above summer level. A still further rise is probable, as the river at Mulwala is 23ft 9in, and rising, the critical level at that place being 23ft. All low-lying land between Mulwala and Barooga has been inundated for the last week.

The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 25 July 1917 page 12
MURRAY FLOOD.
TOCUMWAL, Tuesday.
The Murray River has been rising fast since Sunday, and to-day is about 19 feet 10 inches in height, which Is 10 Inches over what is considered critical, and reports from up-stream indicate that it will rise still more yet. At a public meeting Councillor W. Quirk was appointed to take control of all operations in strengthening the levee banks or repairing any probable breaks. A gang has been sent to Barooga, which is perhaps the weakest spot on the banks this side of the river for some miles, and if a break occurred there the town would be inundated. Mr. Shute, chief engineer of the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission, arrives tonight to report. The position is extremely critical.
ALBURY, Tuesday.

After remaining stationary at 14 feet 10 Inches, the highest point attained for many years, the Murray fell 3 Inches last night. The weather la still unsettled, but there is every prospect that the worst of the flood is over. Extensive damage has been done to the Chinese gardens on both sides of the river, one garden being 4 feet under water. The river is also running over some of the fencing on the flat land. Several dairies near the river are isolated, and the milk has to be delivered by boat.


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