Fast-flowing water and debris force closure of all SEQ lakes

RECORD BREAKING: Flood waters inundate cabins at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park last Monday as the dam exceeded its capacity.
RECORD BREAKING: Flood waters inundate cabins at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park last Monday as the dam exceeded its capacity. Contributed

MOOGERAH Dam will remain closed this weekend to all water activities after the lake reached a record-breaking height of 3.8m above its capacity.

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park won't be open for business after parts of the campgrounds, including eight privately owned cabins on the dam's edge, were submerged last Sunday and Monday.

Seqwater has advised that all south-east Queensland lakes are closed to water-based recreation activities, including swimming and boating, in the interests of public health and safety. All boat ramps are also closed until further notice.

Caravan park manager Megan Mason said the campgrounds were fully booked last weekend when ex tropical cyclone Oswald brought strong winds and heavy rain.

"A lot of them cancelled and those who did come, evacuated on Saturday," she said. Only one family braved the weekend's wild weather in their camper trailer.

Mrs Mason said water quality at Moogerah was poor and not ideal for camping this week.

"We are advising people it is not the best weekend to go camping," she said.

"The dam has dropped but it is still a metre or two above the high water mark. We are cleaning up as we speak.

"Seqwater are doing water quality testing. So long as the water is safe we will be open next weekend."

Seqwater are doing water quality testing. So long as the water is safe we will be open next weekend.

The water governing body yesterday issued a public notice that there could be fast-flowing water, debris, and obstacles in the lakes, presenting potential hazards to users following significant in-flows into the region's catchments over the past week.

"Seqwater will be monitoring for contaminants that might have been introduced to the lakes during this weather event," a spokesperson said.

"This temporary closure to water-based recreation activities will remain in place until further advice regarding water quality and general safety is available.

The lakes will be re-opened to water-based recreation activities as soon as it is considered safe to do so."

Topics:  lake moogerah caravan park, moogerah dam, oswald, seqwater, water debris, water quality




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