Corowa Caravan Park had 2000 sandbags laid, to prevent major flooding from the Murray River

WATER ON THE RISE: Thousands of sandbags were filled and laid at Corowa Caravan Park - the owners are hoping it will be enough.

WATER ON THE RISE: Thousands of sandbags were filled and laid at Corowa Caravan Park - the owners are hoping it will be enough.

IF it weren't for volunteers at the Corowa Caravan Park at the weekend, the property would be “inundated” with water.

The flow from a neighbouring lake began to trickle onto the grounds on Monday, as the Murray River level rose to 6.3 metres.

But it could be worse, said Julie Bartlett, who wanted to thank the 60 community members who rallied behind them to fill 2000 sandbags on Saturday. 

The caravan park has been owned by Mrs Bartlett's family for 11 years and this is the highest water level they have experienced.

The next closest was in 2010 when the river reach 6.28 metres.

A flood warning has been issued for the area, following predictions the level will reach 6.7 metres by Tuesday.

“It was amazing to see the volunteers,” Mrs Bartlett said.

“We knew a lot of them, but some where people you wouldn't expect - we had men, women and children, it was amazing couldn’t thank them enough.

“We made more sandbags up on Sunday to have on standby, which been using overnight as the water creeps into the park.

“Obviously we are a caravan park on the river, so we do have a flood strategy.

“It comes in one side, we are bleeding it to lower end of park then pumping it back into the river.

“We are watching it 24/7 and will keep pumping it out as much as can, but when it gets to certain level will just have to throw our hands in the air.”

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts up to 15 millimetres of rain in Corowa during Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mrs Bartlett said she had been tracking the water levels closely.

She said the water rose 10 centimetres over 16 hours on Sunday, but was rising more quickly on Monday morning.

“It's still rising in Howlong, which is a concern to us,” Mrs Bartlett said.

“We think what will happen is the sand bags will only hold up so long.

“After that, we think will have own little river through park.

“We will try to direct that water to the pumps.”

“I really want to thank the locals who have come and assisted - we couldn’t have done it without them,”

“The sandbags are holding the water at bay, if we didn't have that help ... the park would be inundated with water already.”

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