Eungella Dam continues to rise with spill still possible

Eungella Dam owner Sunwater issued alerts to two neighbouring properties yesterday afternoon, as water levels neared their peak. 

It currently sits at 98.1% and is due to rise another 1.6% in the next 24 hours.

Nearby resident Cassandra Shrimp, was not worried about the probable overflow, as the dam is designed to spill over.

However, her permaculture patch on the dams edge, where she had grown watermelon, pumpkin and squash, had been flooded.

"It's a bit of a shame. I knew (the garden) was below the waterline, but it hadn't been up that high for a while. I thought it would be okay," Ms Shrimp said.

"(The rising water levels) may help with the fishing though. We have not caught a fish in months!"

Water from Eungella Dam also supplied mining customers via the BMA and Eungella pipelines and was released to the Bowen River Weir to supply the Collinsville and Newlands pipelines and downstream irrigators. T

Today Kinchart Dam is at 68.2%, Teemburra was at 87.9%, Peter Faust was at 65.4% and Burdekin Falls was at 90.0%.

Fishing at Eungella Dam could be in the best shape since October 2014, the last time the dam filled to capacity.

Tackle Pro's Mick Hassett said fishermen should head to the edges of the dam, where sooty grunter would be congregating to head upstream. 

"If you can get up to that flowing water, you'll be getting a lot of fish," Mr Hassett said. 

Topics:  fishing weather

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