SEQ Dam levels soar following heavy rain

Dam levels across the southeast have received a much needed boost, after a week of heavy rain throughout the region.

Overall, SEQ dam levels have increased to 65.8 percent, while only a week ago was only reported to have 56.4 percent of drinking water.

Locally, Hinze Dam continues to near capacity, as the run offs from the Hinterland feed into the totals.


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It had reached 98.2 percent as of 6.30am.

Little Nerang Dam had begun spilling yesterday, and remains overloaded at around 102.9 percent this morning.

These boosted levels come after a week of intense rainfall for the southeast region, which has seen us reach our highest February rainfall totals ever.

More isolated showers are expected over the coming week, though it’s not tipped to be as heavy.

Since 9.00am yesterday, some areas in the Gold Coast’s northern suburbs received more than 100 millimetres, with Wongawallan and Oxenford taking in more than 120 millimetres.

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If the dams in SEQ catchment are all networked, why are full dams overflowing and not fed into others below capacity?