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Wivenhoe Dam releases to recommence on Tuesday

WIVENHOE Dam releases will recommence later today, Seqwater has advised.

The releases will be "timed to allow for the prompt re-opening" of the Brisbane Valley Highway at the Fernvale Bridge and of the Mt Crosby Weir Bridge, an Seqwater spokesperson said.

Wivenhoe Dam was at 129% at 10am on Tuesday morning, up from 102% on Monday.

"When the releases recommence, it will take about seven days to drain the stored flood water and return the dams to their full levels," the spokesperson said.

Twin Bridges, Savages Crossing, Colleges Crossing, Burtons Bridge and Kholo Bridge will likely remain closed for the next week, due to the combined impact of releases and downstream inflows.

An Seqwater spokesperson said flood gates at Wivenhoe Dam were closed at 6am Monday to allow flood peaks from the Lockyer Creek and the Bremer River to pass Brisbane without being increased by water released from Wivenhoe Dam.

The release strategy has been coordinated in consultation with local councils.

The Wivenhoe Dam viewing platform remains closed, as do the campsites at Lake Wivenhoe.

Wivenhoe's gate operations can be observed via an operational safety camera online at seqwater.com.au

Topics:  brisbane valley highway, flood, seqwater, water releases, wivenhoe dam




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