No need to panic as Awoonga could go 7.5m above spillway
UPDATE 1.40pm: The water level at Lake Awoonga is now 6m over the spillway.
At 1pm the level was 6.02 metres. That is more than a metre higher than the previous record.
The level will continue to rise over the next 24 hours.
11.15am: Lake Awoonga is currently 5.5m above the spillway into the Boyne River - the highest level it has ever been, and even higher than during the floods of 2010-11.
While those numbers sound daunting, authorities are confident the dam is functioning according the plan and there is no need for panic.
Gladstone Area Water Board chief executive Jim Grayson confirmed the water level at 10.30am.
Mr Grayson said while the lake was already at its highest level, it was certain to rise further.
With stream flows (currently being observed) there is more water coming.
Mr Grayson said the water would definitely rise to 6.5m above the spillway and it was possible the level would reach 7.5m.
He said no fish had been seen jumping over the spillway, and reiterated the situation was well within the design and capability of the dam.
The previous highest level of the lake was 4.16 metres over the spillway on December 28, 2010.