Water board well prepared for flooding

Awoonga Dam
Awoonga Dam Brett McWaters

WHILE water was expected to spill over Awoonga Dam again this year, the Gladstone Area Water Board believes it is well prepared for any future flooding events, its annual report showed on Friday.

The board is in charge of water supply and the dam water-related assets in the Gladstone region.

Its annual report for 2011-12 was tabled in State Parliament on Friday, showing the board was confident it had implemented all relevant recommendations from the Flood Commission of Inquiry relating to emergency planning.

"(The board) is confident that it has procedures in place to deal with any potential issues that may arise from flooding, both upstream and downstream from the dam", the report revealed.

During 2011-12, water flowed over the dam spillway in late January, peaking at 41.06m, or about 109% of dam capacity on January 30.

Levels at Lake Awoonga then receded until more heavy rain in March brought the dam level up to 41.5m, or 113% of capacity, spilling until early May this year.

The report also said the dam was primed to spill again in the 2012-13 wet season, after the dam was still at 98% capacity in late June.

It also noted the board's involvement and full cooperation with all investigations by the government into fish health in Gladstone Harbour, and its full compliance with all relevant environmental obligations and reporting requirements.

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