Water Report Queensland Murray Darling Valleys South-West Region 2nd February, 2011

Significant flooding events were recorded by the DERM streamflow gauging stations with hydrographers at their busiest across south west region during January, particularly the Condamine/Balonne River and Lower Balonne systems. Record heights were observed in parts of the system including Loudouns Bridge and Cotswold on the Condamine River, the Balonne River at Surat and the Culgoa River at Whyenbah. Good flows also occurred in the Border Rivers system and smaller flows were recorded in most other systems including the Paroo, Bulloo and Moonie Rivers. Currently, discharge is diminishing in all systems as the mass of flood water moves into NSW with little or no rainfall in the last week to bolster flow over most of
the region. While diminishing, significant flows are still being recorded in the Condamine/Balonne system, particularly in the Lower Balonne. The Bureau of Meteorology has announced minor to major flood warnings for the Balonne River. All eyes are currently focused on the approaching cloud mass of cyclone Yasi which could have some influence on rainfall and resurgence of flows in the southwest in the coming week.
Water harvesting announcements continue for the Border & Weir Rivers in the south, Lower Balonne and Upper Condamine Water Management Areas.
This report is an update of streamflow conditions in south west region and was prepared on the 1st February,2011

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