News

130% full Wivenhoe releasing 1660 cubic metres per second

OPEN SEASON: Water is released from the floodgates at Wivenhoe Dam yesterday.
OPEN SEASON: Water is released from the floodgates at Wivenhoe Dam yesterday. Claudia Baxter

AS IPSWICH continues its clean up from the floods, the Newman Government continues to manage Wivenhoe Dam.

Releases from Wivenhoe Dam will continue over the weekend as SEQwater continues to drop the dam level after the deluge of rain dumped by ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Hundreds of millimetres of rain were dumped on Ipswich, drenching the region only weeks after the two-year anniversary of the 2011 floods.

Wivenhoe Dam reached its highest storage level on Wednesday morning, with the dam holding 133% of its capacity.

This has since dropped, with releases yesterday reducing dam levels to 130%.

An SEQwater statement said water was being released at a rate of approximately 1660 cubic metres per second, increased from 300 cubic metres per second on January 25.

The releases forced the closure of Colleges Crossing, Twin Bridges and Savages Crossing on Saturday. The bridges will remain closed until next week.

During the peak of heavy rain from the ex-tropical cyclone on Sunday, Wivenhoe Dam's capacity went from 89% to 119% - or three metres - in 24 hours.

Much of the concern of Ipswich residents surrounded the rising Bremer River, which reached a peak of 19.5m in the 2011 floods, flooding hundreds of homes.

Graphs provided by the Bureau of Meteorology show the Bremer River peaked at a height of just under 14m before midnight on Tuesday; more than 5m lower than in 2011.

Lockyer Creek peaked before noon on Monday at 15m.

Releases from Wivenhoe Dam began on January 25 and fell to 88% before Oswald arrived.

 

FLOOD SURGE: Images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology show the rise of the Bremer River and Lockyer Creek in this week&squot;s flood.
FLOOD SURGE: Images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology show the rise of the Bremer River and Lockyer Creek in this week&squot;s flood.

 

FLOOD SURGE: Images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology show the rise of the Bremer River and Lockyer Creek in this week&squot;s flood.
FLOOD SURGE: Images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology show the rise of the Bremer River and Lockyer Creek in this week&squot;s flood.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology campbell newman ex-tropical cyclone oswald seqwater water releases wivenhoe dam



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Couple shares secret to the 'perfect' marriage

YOUNG FOREVER: North Ipswich couple Maurice and Elizabeth Young celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Jets Leagues Club.

Maurice and Elizabeth true legends of North Ipswich

New Mormon church to uplift the lives of all

SPIRITUAL UPLIFT: The public and Mormon church members flocked to the public open day of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Augustine Heights.

Open day showcases awe inspiring building and community benefits

People power gets Ipswich-Rosewood line back up and running

FEEDBACK: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk found out how important the railway line was to Rosewood residents on a recent visit.

Premier intervenes to end a month of pain for commuters

Local Partners

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!