Belinda Gower and Connor Randall watch the flow of the Dee River from a suspension bridge after heavy rain filled Mt Morgan dam to over flowing.
Belinda Gower and Connor Randall watch the flow of the Dee River from a suspension bridge after heavy rain filled Mt Morgan dam to over flowing. Chris Ison

Mines face action over water

QUEENSLAND'S Environment and Resource Management Department is investigating two Fitzroy Basin mines which have discharged outside of their Environmental Authority conditions.

In a statement last night the department's mine operations general manager Andrew Connor said enforcement action would be taken.

He said since Monday, January 23, 12 coal mines had released water into the Fitzroy catchment in 19 separate releases.

"Following the recent heavy rain some releases have occurred outside of their licensed conditions, however, most mines were releasing into very high volumes of water, which means there is a low risk of environmental harm," he said.

Parts of Central Queensland have been inundated following torrential rain across the region, mainly over the weekend.

After getting 172mm of rain on Sunday, a footbridge in Springsure was washed away as Three Mile Creek overflowed into the town, cutting off the Springsure Bypass road. In Mount Morgan, the Dee River began flowing over the dam.

Water also began pouring over the spillway at Fairbairn Dam in Emerald, which is expected to peak at 1.5m over the spillway tomorrow afternoon.

The John Gay Bridge will close today for the rest of the week.

However, the heavy rainfall eased yesterday, with forecasters saying there was likely to be more sunshine this week, though showers and storms were still possible.

 

RIVER HEIGHTS

  • Fitzroy River at Riverslea 3.29m rising
  • Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway 7.12m rising
  • Nogoa River at Emerald 4.61m rising
  • Nogoa River at Fairbairn Dam 0.41m rising
  • Mackenzie River at Tartrus 6.46m steady
  • Dawson River at Taroom 4.3m falling
  • Comet River at Comet Weir 9.94m rising



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