Beardmore Dam Emergency Action Plan Elevated

04 Mar 2010

At 8pm on March 4, 2010, SunWater activated Stage Four of its Emergency Action Plan for the Beardmore Dam in St George.

The activation is as a result of continued major inflows into the dam's catchment over the past 24 hours and a subsequent increase in water being discharged through the dam’s outlet gates.

Stage Four of Beardmore Dam's EAP is activated once SunWater begins a controlled release of water through the dam's gates at a rate in excess of 165,000 megalitres per day.

Following predictions form the Bureau of Meteorology, SunWater is preparing for an expected record flood event at Beardmore Dam.

As a result of the expected record flood event SunWater is monitoring the dam 24 hours per day.

Staff and equipment are at site as part of our dam management operations during this predicted record flood event.

At 8pm on Thursday, March 4, SunWater was making a controlled release of 165,000 megalitres per day, and expects this to exceed 350,000 megalitres per day in the coming days as the flood begins to peak.

Inflows are expected to increase over the next 48 hours.

SunWater is continuing to liaise with St George authorities who are managing all flood mitigation strategies.

SunWater will provide further updates as they come to hand.

Further dam level information can be obtained by contacting SunWater's Glenn Pfluger on 0407574663 or

Further details on local flood management arrangements can be obtained by contacting the SES on 132500.

Media Enquiries

Glenn Pfluger
Media Advisor
Phone +61 7 3120 0047
Mobile 0407 574 663

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