Thursday 12 November 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council opened the entrance to Wallagoot Lake today.
The high lake levels have led to water over the road in several places and with heavy rain overnight the lake levels were likely to rise further.
To take advantage of appropriate tidal conditions, digging to open the lake took place today.
Signage and bunting will be in place for at least 48 hours to warn the public of a deep channel once the entrance is opened.
Additionally, overnight, Back Lake Merimbula opened naturally. Council have placed appropriate safety signage at the Short Point side of the channel warning the community.
Council requests that members of the public keep clear from recently opened entrances until water levels and flows are considered safe.
Residents and visitors are reminded that water flows from recently opened lake entrances are fast and dangerous.
This includes staying clear of the sandbanks as these can become unstable when the water level is high.
It is a criminal offence for non-authorised people to open a lake, lagoon or river entrance.
Non-authorised openings present a significant risk to public safety, local ecology and surrounding industries.
For further information contact Council on 6499 2222.