Flood Warning Communications During Dam Outflows

How SunWater manages flood warning communications during dam outflows

Please note that information in the below table is complementary to local Council and Local Disaster Management Group’s notifications and warnings.

Example Situation SunWater Actions Where you can find info from SunWater Typical messages from SunWater

PREPAREDNESS

High rainfall event possible, no certainty but possibility of dam outflow

  • Regular updated dam levels available on website
  • Notify local council of current dam level
  • Provide general community update regarding dam levels
  • SunWater Facebook Page
  • Twitter @SunWaterLimited
  • SunWater Website
  • SunWater App

To local council:

  • Current dam level

To general community and registered EAP downstream residents (near dam):

  • Reference to BOM forecast
  • Current dam level

DAM OUTFLOWS POSSIBLE

  • Notify LDMG & Police
  • Issue general community update

To local council, LDMG & Police:

  • Current dam level & if levels are increasing

DAM OUTFLOWS UNDERWAY

  • Notify LDMG & Police
  • Issue general community update

To local council, LDMG & Police:

  • Current dam level
  • Dam outflows have commenced

FLOODING OCCURRING NEAR DAM

  • Notify LDMG & Police
  • Issue general community update

To local council, LDMG & Police:

  • Dam outflows are occurring (including rate)
  • Downstream flooding is expected

OTHER DAM INCIDENTS

(e.g. major earthquake)

  • Liaise with State Disaster Coordination Centre
  • Issue general community advice via state’s emergency alert system
  • Description of situation at dam
  • Enact your emergency plan /move to higher ground

DAM OUTFLOWS CEASED

Flooding may still be underway downstream and across catchment

  • Issue general community update as required

To local council, LDMG & Police:

  • Current dam level
  • Monitor dam levels on SunWater website