All gates opened at Wivenhoe
ALL five Wivenhoe Dam gates were opened at the weekend, with releases into the Brisbane River set to continue over the next couple of days.
Releases at the dam started on Thursday night but heavy rainfall across the region led to all five gates being opened on Saturday.
An SEQ Water Grid statement said about 116,000 megalitres a day had been released, with operations liable to change at short notice depending on increased rainfall, inflows into the dam and river flows.
Water from Somerset Dam is also being released into Wivenhoe Dam through the sluice gates.
A spokesperson said Ipswich’s Kholo Bridge and Colleges Crossing would be affected for several days at least.
The Spillway Lookout recreation area at Wivenhoe is still open, but anyone planning a trip there is advised there may be long delays due to the number of people visiting the site.
These releases are expected to continue until next week.
Due to water levels, Wivenhoe and Somerset is closed to all water-based recreational activities and it is expected to remain closed this week.