Higher ground: Residents evacuated as dams release water

TWO western Queensland dams are being pushed beyond their limits by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, prompting a call for those living downstream to seek safety.

The Kroombit dam, which is approaching 150% capacity, is now releasing water as authorities encourage those living nearby to find higher ground.

The much larger Callide Dam is about to reach capacity and may also be forced to release water.

Flooding from water release of Callide Dam Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph
Flooding from water release of Callide Dam Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph Emma Clarke

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, on behalf of the Banana Shire, is warning those potentially affected to move to the Biloela Civic Centre for their own safety.

Kroombit dam was at just 12% capacity before the storms of ex-Cyclone Debbie struck the region.


Callide was 60% full as of yesterday morning with 84,000ML. In just 24 hours, the rains have delivered 50,000ML, or 50,000 million litres.

For more information on the threat of the water releases, visit the Banana Shire website or Sunwater.

For flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500. Dial Triple Zero (000) for life-threatening emergencies.

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