Update on Fairbairn Dam Spill Event

23 Feb 2010

Location: Emerald - Central Queensland.
This information is current as of Tuesday 23/2, 2010 at 6am.

SunWater is continuing to operate Fairbairn Dam at Stage One of the dam's emergency action plan (EAP).

The dam is currently at 113% of capacity and holding 1,466,912 megalitres.

The dam rose by 1.8% in the past 24 hours after receiving 23,878 megalitres of inflow from recent rainfall across the region.

At 4am gauging stations indicated that inflow into the dam had peaked and was now holding steady.

At 6am water over the spillway crest also peaked at 1.07 metres.

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 0407574663. 

Further details on local flood management arrangements can be obtained by contacting the Emerald Counter Disaster Committee or Emerald Police on (07) 49838100.

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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