More dam water released
GEORGE Windle reckoned on Saturday that the rain had returned to the headwaters of Sandy Creek like in the 1950s.
He was right.
Within 12 hours, water was again flowing through seven gates at the dam.
With the dam full for the first time in 22 years, Mr Windle recalled living in Ford's Road for the decade to 1954 and attended many picnics at the Washpool.
The Washpool is a section of Sandy Creek now under the water mass of Leslie Dam.
“There was often two metres of water flowing past the Washpool,” Mr Windle said.
“It was a popular spot for Sunday School picnics. I was there every couple of weeks and there was always water running in the creek.”
He has his fingers crossed the rain of last week in the catchment of Leslie Dam has heralded a return to the old days in terms of weather patterns.
“We could get a lot more rain yet.”
Seven dam gates were opened at 4am yesterday, four 100mm wide and three 300mm wide.
Mayor Ron Bellingham supported the decision to open the gates so water released would provide a cushion against a possible Warwick flood.