Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lower Dam Level Eases Flood Fears; Water Releases Welcomed

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lower Dam Level Eases Flood Fears; Water Releases Welcomed

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Byline: Paul Smeaton paul.smeaton@qt.com.au

SOMERSET Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann believes current water releases from Wivenhoe Dam are critical to protect landholders as south-east Queensland's storm season beckons.

About 400 megalitres of water have been released each day for the past two weeks by SEQ Water, leaving the current dam level at 81.5% of its capacity.

SEQ Water has confirmed the current releases are part of standard operational procedures and not a response to rainfall predictions.

Cr Lehmann said, regardless of the reason, he is happy with the move and believes it should continue for a while to come.

aI think it's a positive step to see that they're at least doing that. They need to keep the dam at a lower level, with a forecast of the possibility of higher rainfalls coming,a he said. aI'd like to see it held a little bit lower than it normally is. We'd at least have a bit more of a safety barrier then.

aIf it was kept under 50% of the full supply level I'd be happy. …

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