Leslie Dam will not be lowered to accommodate predicted rainfall in the next three months.
Leslie Dam will not be lowered to accommodate predicted rainfall in the next three months. Casandra Garvey

No plan to lower Leslie Dam level

AS Wivenhoe dam reduces its capacity to 75% as a precaution in the lead up to the wet season, Leslie Dam will not be following the same procedure.

SunWater infrastructure general manager Barry Jeppesen said Leslie Dam is currently at 100% and will not be lowered to accommodate predicted rainfall in the next three months.

"Releasing water from SunWater dams before an expected major rainfall event or the traditional wet season, provides little benefit effect to potential flooding," Mr Jeppesen said yesterday.

As we approach the wet season, Queensland is expected to see above average rainfall across the whole state.

Media and community relations officer for the Bureau of Meteorology Pradeep Singh said although not as strong as last year, there is an influx of rainfall predicted for the next three months.

"For the Darling Downs region, it's predicted 70 to 75% above average rainfall," Mr Singh said.

Mayor Ron Bellingham said this shouldn't pose a problem unless the Darling Downs sees a rapid downfall over a short period but locals should still be prepared.

"If it were received over a month it's not a problem, it's when it falls in the space of two days or less that it becomes a problem," he said.

"But we need our people to be prepared and have three days worth of survival skills so sufficient food, batteries, radio," Cr Bellingham said.


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