Residents advised to evacuate as Callide Dam water released
SATURDAY 10.45am: A flooding emergency alert has been issued for Goovigen, north of Biloela.
The Banana Shire Council and the State Emergency Service has advised an unprecedented outflow for the Callide and Kroombit Dams will affect Goovigen.
Properties in the area are likely to experience flooding.
Goovien residents are asked to take action and move to the school. Other residents should relocate to higher ground.
Friday 10.30pm: An emergency alert has been issued for residents on Callide Creek near Biloela.
Banana Shire Council has advised an urgent flood release from the Callide Dam is expected to reach 1.5m, and residents near Callide Creek are advised to move to higher ground at Jambin Hall.
It's been reported people may need to be evacuated from other areas as well as Jambin.
Sunwater has sent out text messages to affected residents.
The area has been having issues with internet and phone lines after heavy rain in the region.
Earlier: PLANNED releases from Callide Dam near Biloela could begin at 6pm tonight.
SunWater has advise the releases will be dependent on the inflow and continuation of rain, which is difficult to predict.
Planned releases could be up to 40,000-50,000 megalitres over the next 24 hours.
People downstream of Callide Dam are urged to make appropriate arrangements.
The Banana Shire Local Disaster Coordination Centre also has been activated. Residents needing assistance can phone 4992 9500.
For life threatening situations phone 000, and for SES assistance phone 132 500.