Seqwater believes dam not for prevention
WIVENHOE Dam operator Seqwater has said it was confident that its approach to the January flooding disaster was appropriate.
Responding to last week's Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry's interim report for the first time, the dam operator said the Wivenhoe Dam was designed to mitigate, not prevent flooding.
Seqwater CEO Peter Borrows in a statement said supporting the Commission's inquiries had been an extensive and detailed process and Seqwater had taken the appropriate time to review the Report before commenting.
“We are acutely aware of the impact of the floods and the devastation caused which is ongoing for so many in our community,” Mr Burrows said.
“Many of our own staff experienced damage and loss. Seqwater has worked co-operatively and closely with the Commission since its establishment to help ensure south-east Queensland is best prepared for any future flood events.”
Mr Borrows said it was important not to lose sight of the magnitude and rarity of the January event.
“There is no question that Wivenhoe and Somerset dams did their job and significantly mitigated the flooding,” he said.
Mr Borrows said he was pleased the report endorsed the performance of Seqwater's experienced flood engineers during the event.