Little Nerang Dam spilling following Gold Coast downpour

Seqwater has mobilised its Flood Operations Centre due to rainfall in the catchments across South East Queensland.

Rainfall through Friday meant dam releases were required from Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine dams overnight.

For North Pine Dam, controlled gate releases began at approximately 6:00pm at a rate of 180 cubic metres per second.


Youngs Crossing is currently closed.

Little Nerang Dam is spilling after the overnight downpour, currently at 104.8 per-cent capacity, while Hinze Dam begun spilling early on Friday after only minimal rainfall.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the flood storage compartments of both Wivenhoe and Somerset dams are empty and fully available.

“Releases from our gated dams at Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine may occur on Friday night or Saturday morning. This will be dependent on future catchment rainfall,” Mr Dennis said.

“Seqwater is currently releasing water from Somerset Dam into Wivenhoe Dam to manage inflows and balance the water storage levels across both dams.

“This is a normal operational occurrence.”

Mr Dennis said Seqwater would continue to closely monitor all dam levels, rainfall and potential consequences of inflows into the dams across the region.

“Significant overflows are possible from Seqwater’s un-gated dams, with 11 dams currently spilling,” he said.

“Un-gated dams are designed to spill during periods of heavy rain to pass flood water and protect the safety of the dam.

“We urge people to take care downstream of spilling dams and exercise caution near waterways and floodplains.”

South East Queensland residents can be alerted of gated releases or dams which are spilling through our free dam release notification service.

For Seqwater dam levels, visit the website or phone Seqwater’s dam release hotline on 1800 613 122 (free call).