Dams full but government says no plans to release

THIRTEEN of south-east Queensland's dams - including Wivenhoe and Somerset - are at 100% capacity or spilling.

But Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle says there were no plans to release water from the dams despite recent heavy rain and more forecast.

Mr McArdle said the flood compartments for Wivenhoe and Somerset dams remained empty and were available if required.

"Seqwater constantly monitors dam levels, the weather forecasts and receives advice from the Bureau of Meteorology with my Department receiving regular communication from the two organisations," Mr McArdle said.

"At this stage there is no plans for gate releases from Somerset, Wivenhoe or North Pine dams based on the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecasts."

He said Seqwater advice based on current forecasts identified only Leslie Harrison Dam at Redlands a possibility for gate releases.

"This dam is sitting at 96%. It is unlikely any other releases will be required," Mr McArdle said. "The advice I've been given is the rain should ease (by today) with no further rainfall forecast until early next week."



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