SEETHING TORRENT: Callide dam overflowing in February 2015.
SEETHING TORRENT: Callide dam overflowing in February 2015. Emma CLARKE

Callide region would have flooded regardless, review finds

THE Callide Creek flood review has found the region's residents were not given enough warning before the dam gates were opened.

But it found, regardless of how the dam was operated after the heavy rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Callide Valley communities would still have flooded.

More than 6000 people were isolated, 13 homes were destroyed and more than 200 homes, businesses and buildings were damaged in February.

The inquiry by the Inspector-General Emergency Management was launched after residents expressed concerns the dam had exacerbated flooding.

The inquiry focused on flooding that occurred downstream of the Callide Dam, near Biloela in central Queensland, and the dam's operation.

Thirteen recommendations were handed down.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Inspector-General Iain Mackenzie noted systemic difficulties in the warnings from SunWater and the local disaster management group.

"It is clear that the time taken to issue alerts in relation to the opening of the dam gates could have been considerably reduced," she said.

The review also recommended a joint study with SunWater to determine the feasibility of operating Callide Dam as a flood mitigation dam, and that SunWater and Banana Council develop a common warning strategy.



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