Flood flow into Callide Dam triggers another water release

More water is being released from Callide Dam.
More water is being released from Callide Dam. Chris Davies

SunWater have opened the Callide Dam gates to release water into the Callide Creek.

Heavy rain in the Callide Dam catchment overnight has resulted in a significant rise in inflows to Callide Dam.

As Callide Dam is designed to store water to its intended capacity and then safely divert any excess water inflows through release gates or outlet works, SunWater has opened 4 of the 6 gates at Callide Dam and is currently releasing 670 cumecs of water. The other 2 gates were significantly damaged during the January weather event and are non-operational.

Cr Ron Carige LDMG Chair said staff are monitoring the Callide Dam and reporting back their activities to the local disaster management group.

Residents are reminded to check Council's website for regular updates on road closures.

"We urge all residents not to cross any flooded roads or causeways, and would like to remind residents that if it's flooded forget it."

SunWater Area Operation Manager Central, Nev Wogandt said that SunWater will continue to make releases out of Callide Dam to slowly bring it back to its operating level.

"Based on the Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning issued at 10:42am this morning, further rain is expected throughout the Callide Dam catchment and releases from Callide Dam will be reconsidered throughout the day" Mr Wogandt said.

"Kroombit Dam has also received inflows and is currently safely passing water over its spillway."

SunWater will continue to update the Local Disaster Management Group regarding its dam operations.

LDMG will issue further advice as more information comes to hand.

For life threatening situations phone '000'.

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