SunWater prepared for Tropical Cyclone Ita impact

11 Apr 2014

SunWater has prepared for cyclonic conditions in Far North Queensland ahead of Tropical Cyclone Ita, which is expected to cross the coast between Lockhart River and Innisfail tonight.

Chief Executive, Peter Boettcher, said Tinaroo Falls Dam – SunWater’s only dam in the warning zone – is well prepared for high winds and heavy rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Ita over the coming days.

“Tinaroo Falls Dam is purpose-built to store water to full capacity, and then safely manage any further excess inflows by diverting them through purpose built spillway overflows,” he said.

“SunWater also completed a $21 million dam safety upgrade in 2011 to further strengthen the dam for severe natural and weather events.”

Tinaroo Falls Dam is currently at 73 per cent and expected to rise as a result of forecast rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Mr Boettcher said SunWater staff are closely monitoring the weather system and are prepared for heavy rainfall in catchments across North Queensland, in the event that TC Ita tracks south.

“SunWater’s dam operators will continue to monitor inflows into catchment zones and based on available information, operate our dams in line with well established safety-focused operating procedures.

“Operational staff rosters have been developed and staff are on standby to be mobilised to site.

“SunWater has also commenced testing and refueling generators at our dams in the event that they are required to maintain power supply.”

Mr Boettcher said SunWater has comprehensive communication protocols in place to ensure all relevant emergency service agencies, disaster groups and downstream communities are regularly updated on dam operations during severe weather events.

Flood warnings, flood levels and river flow forecasts

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Disaster relief

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SunWater dam storage levels

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