State’s largest dam still spilling thanks to wet weather in the North

14 Jan 2008

More than half a million megalitres of water has poured out over Queensland’s largest dam thanks to significant rainfall right across the Burdekin Falls Dam’s catchment area.

SunWater Ayr Regional Manager Gary Everson said the dam spilled on December 28 and water was currently one metre above the spillway crest.

“The rainfall we have witnessed over the past few weeks has certainly been very beneficial in topping up the dam and it looks as though the inflows are set to continue while we still have the tropical low in the region,” Mr Everson said.

“At this stage, the dam is around 115% capacity and holding around 2,126,000 megalitres and our latest data shows it’s spilling around 80,000 megalitres per day,” he said.

Mr Everson said water was well and truly over the Burdekin River’s downstream Clare Weir and he expected the river to be bank to bank under the Burdekin Bridge with the next 24-48 hours.

The public is advised that the road across the dam is now closed and updated dam levels can be obtained via the SunWater website at www.sunwater.com.au

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