Bridge closures until Christmas
IPSWICH bridges and crossings closed due to releases from the Wivenhoe Dam could reopen for Christmas if the region avoids more heavy rain.
The Kholo Bridge was closed yesterday and water levels have continued to rise at Colleges Crossing, pushing the road closure there further up the road.
Releases from Wivenhoe Dam increased on Monday night and reached a peak of 110,000 megalitres yesterday morning.
“All five spillway gates at Wivenhoe Dam have now been opened to release this volume,” a dam management statement said.
Dam managers said based on current weather forecasts, releases are likely to continue until the end of the week.
With the Moggill Ferry also closed, the only way to cross the Brisbane River in the Ipswich region is over the one-lane Mount Crosby weir.
The Ipswich City Council controls the closures to bridges and roads and a spokesman said Colleges Crossing and the Kholo Bridge could open for Christmas if the dams receive no more significant rainfall.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts showers for every day this week with the heaviest fall expected tonight leading into tomorrow morning.
Showers should ease for the rest of the week with light rain expected every day until Boxing Day at the least.
The Weather Channel’s Ken Heatley said showers will start easing from Thursday morning after today’s rain but will still be a factor for the rest of the week.
“You might see a brief shower or light rain, but you might see lengthy dry breaks between those,” Mr Heatley said.
The Moggill Ferry has been closed since the weekend and will remain out of service until after Christmas, depending on rainfall and dam releases.
Releases equivalent to about 35,000 megalitres per day are continuing from Somerset Dam into Wivenhoe Dam and are expected to continue until at least today depending on rainfall.
Those looking to head out to both dams this holiday period could be in luck with recent closures to recreational sites expected to be lifted this week.
The SEQ Water Grid manager in a statement said Somerset Dam is currently closed to all water-based recreational activities but access is expected to resume today.
“Wivenhoe Dam is also closed to all water-based recreational activities but is expected to open again later this week,” the statement said.
The following sites at Wivenhoe are currently closed: O’Sheas Crossing, Sinnamon Point, Billies Bay, Hamon Cove, Logan Inlet and Captain Logan Camp.
Atkinson’s Crossing at Wivenhoe Dam is currently open however river access is closed.