Big wet delivers a boost
HEAVY rain over the past few weeks has been a bonanza for the region’s water storages, with Paradise Dam up to 60% of capacity.
A SunWater spokesman said Paradise Dam was holding 182,000Ml of water, with about 500Ml added in the past 24 hours.
He said the water level was holding steady.
“It’s certainly good news that the dam is at that level,” he said.
The Fred Haigh Dam at Monduran was at 40% capacity, holding 224,000Ml, with about 1000Ml flowing into the dam in the past 24 hours.
“The good news too is that all the weirs and barrages in the region are now full and have been for some time,” the spokesman said.
SunWater was hoping the rain still to come would translate into significant inflows for the dams.
“We’re certainly in a better situation than we were before,” he said.
The spokesman said a lot of the recent rain had been coastal, which benefited the Fred Haigh Dam.
“The rest of the rain across the region has been patchy, so it hasn’t generated a lot of inflow to Paradise Dam,” he said.
“However, it has been able to wet down the catchment areas and make the ground sodden, so we’re hoping any more significant rain will be able to generate flows into Paradise.”
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Ben Annells, speaking from Brisbane, which received 100mm in an hour yesterday, said there were more downfalls on the way.
“There will be showers and storms around up until Thursday, with showers after that mainly near the coast,” he said.
“Some places will get more than others, and some people will be happy about that and some not so happy.”
Mr Annells said a south-easterly change was expected to move through the region tomorrow.
Scattered showers were expected for the weekend.
- Paradise Dam – 60% of capacity, holding 182,000Ml
- Fred Haigh Dam – 40% of capacity, holding 224,000Ml
- All weirs and barrages in the region are full