River levels monitored after rain
WATER authorities are closely monitoring water levels in the Lockyer and Bremer rivers, with releases from the downstream Wivenhoe Dam scaled back due to increased flows.
An SEQ Water spokesman said releases had increased late yesterday as flows in downstream rivers and creeks subsided.
He said gates were likely to remain open until at least the weekend, depending upon any further rainfall.
When The Queensland Times visited the dam yesterday only one of the five spillway gates was open.
Hundreds had trekked to viewing platforms to see the spectacular release of water, with delays of up to half-an-hour to get into the site.
Security guards were even on hand controlling traffic.
Among those making the trip was Leigh Woodrow, who took in the sight with partner Rebekah Leech and young daughter Erica.
“It is pretty incredible the turnaround from 18 months ago when levels were below 20 per cent,” Mr Woodrow said.
Along for the journey was his mother Alison Woodrow, who was visiting from Norwich, England.
“I came over from England for Christmas,” Mrs Woodrow said.
“This is a bit different from home where we have had heavy snowfalls.”
The spectacular release also attracted Malaysian native Shin Wey Lee, who is staying with her Brisbane-based sister Danielle Lee.
“We have these sorts of dams in Malaysia, but we don't get these sorts of views,” she said.
For Brisbane resident Jenny Morel, the release was a good way to keep 10-year-old daughter Katelyn entertained.
“It is something interesting for her to see,” she said.
“She doesn't get to see things like that very often.”
Rainfall of up to 40mm at Wivenhoe and Somerset dams mean the dams are storing about 210,000 megalitres in their flood storage compartments.
The higher dam levels have resulted in some recreational sites at Wivenhoe and Somerset dams being closed due to dangerous conditions including submerged infrastructure such as boat ramps.