Paradise Dam full after heavy rain

WATER is flowing over the Paradise Dam wall at a height of 1.35m over the spillway, according to water supplier SunWater.

Area operations manager Nev Wogandt said heavy rainfall across the Burnett and Bundaberg regions meant the dam was now overflowing at the rate of 77,000Ml a day.

The rain had also increased the storage level in the Fred Haigh Dam, with stream gauges showing there was still more water due to flow into the Burnett River catchment in the next few days.

“Further inflows into Paradise Dam will increase the level of water going over the spillway, but it is difficult to forecast when that level would peak as rain continues to fall across the catchment area,” Mr Wogandt said.

The Fred Haigh Dam had seen a 2.2% increase in 24 hours, raising it to 59% capacity.

“We have recorded approximately 12,000Ml of inflow into Fred Haigh Dam, so it is certainly good news for that storage and we hope to see further increases over the next few days,” he said.

Mr Wogandt said all weirs and barrages in the region were either overflowing, full or reaching full capacity.

“While there have been some good inflows recorded in our coastal storages, the same cannot be said for some of our inland dams, which have not benefited to any great extent from the heavy rainfall,” he said.



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