Sunwater’s Phil Mann checks the level at Leslie Dam.
Sunwater’s Phil Mann checks the level at Leslie Dam.

Dam fine falls lift our Leslie

SOME might say it’s half empty, but with recent downpours topping it up to almost 40 per cent, we would say it’s almost half full.

In recent weeks, thousands have been driving to Leslie Dam to witness its levels for themselves.

It may look like a lot of water, but custodians Sunwater yesterday assured the Daily News it would take lot more rain before it would consider opening the dam walls again.

Area Operations Manager Peter Collette said 39.6 per cent equated to 42035 mega litres.

In the past 24 hours the dam received around 210 mega litres.

With rain expected to continue this week, the dam will rise again, but Mr Collette said it was unlikely it would reach capacity.

“It depends how these storm cells develop but to open the dam, we would almost need a cyclone event before it was likely to fill up.

“With all this rain, everything is running and there’s plenty of water so we’re not releasing to customers at this stage and we’ve no one looking for water.”

In May 2008 the dam was opened for the first time in six years when it was just at 26 per cent capacity.

Dams at Coolmunda and St George are getting close to 100 per cent and could be opened soon, and locally, Glen Lyon Dam is sitting at 80 per cent. If it fills, it will overflow into a spillway.

Killarney residents will be keeping a close eye on the rainfall as the river slowly rises. Residents told the Daily News yesterday it was at a safe level but a quick couple of inches could cause the river to overflow.

A spokeswoman of Southern Downs Regional Council said staff were also monitoring the weather and that the floating pontoon was removed from the river in Warwick to avoid debris damage.

She said the disaster plan only commences when we are likely to get serious flooding, but that it was not at that stage yet.

There may be more showers today and a late shower tomorrow with top temperatures of between 19 and 21 degrees. The rain is predicted to be back again with showers on Thursday and heavy showers on Friday.

Warwick received between 12 and 14 mms of rain from 9am to 5pm yesterday.


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