Update on Fairbairn Dam Emergency Action Plan Activation

20 Feb 2010

Location: Emerald - Central Queensland.

SunWater is advising that it activated Stage One of the Fairbairn Dam’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at 10:45am today (February 20, 2010), following major inflows into the dam's catchment over the past week.

Stage One of Fairbairn Dam's EAP was activated after the dam reached full capacity and began discharging water through the dam’s spillway at 10:45am.

At 11am water was one centimetre above the spillway crest but SunWater expects that to rise to 1-1.5 metres over the next 24-48 hours.

Fairbairn Dam has a holding capacity of 1,301,000 megalitres.

Representatives from Emerald’s Counter Disaster Committee and other relevant local authorities have been made aware of the EAP activation by SunWater.

SunWater will continue to liaise with all relevant authorities during this EAP event and will continue to provide further updates to media as they become available. 

Further dam level information can be obtained by contacting SunWater's Glenn Pfluger on 0407 574 663. 

Further details on local flood management arrangements can be obtained by contacting the Emerald Counter Disaster Committee or Emerald Police on (07) 4983 8100.

Media Enquiries

Glenn Pfluger
Media Advisor
Phone +61 7 3120 0047
Mobile 0407 574 663
Email glenn.pfluger@sunwater.com.au

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