Thursday, 9 July 2020
Severe storm warning, dams closed to swimmers

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunder storm warning with the likelihood of heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. The warning area takes in all of the Scenic Rim.

Storm rain pushed the weekend rain totals up in the mountain localities, this afternoon the bank of storms which initially appeared to be again taking a swerve around Boonah and Kalbar, came overhead.

The top of the catchments received the rain as well which should increase the inflows to Moogerah and Maroon Dams.

The recent rain has already caused inflows which had led to Seqwater closing both dams to in-water activities.

“Boating is still allowed,” an Seqwater spokesperson said, “but any in-water activity including swimming and water skiing is not allowed as a result of recent heavy rainfall in the catchment.

 “Rivers, creeks, lakes and other waterways are often affected by pollutants from inflows following heavy rainfall. The closure is in the interest of public safety while water quality testing is undertaken.”