Ross Dam spillway gates to be opened further

Date published: 1 February 2019

Homes in Rosslea, Hermit Park, Oonoonba, Idalia, Railway Estate and parts of Cluden may be inundated as flood waters in the Ross River are expected to rise over the next 2 hours.

Authorities will further open the Ross River Dam spillway gates to try and prevent more significant flooding downstream as inflows into the catchment continue from tonight and tomorrow’s predicted rain.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Jenny Hill said decisions to increase the opening of the spillway gates were not taken lightly.

“The Townsville Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) has analysed expert advice and the decision to open the spillway gates will help protect more homes from flooding given this heavy monsoonal rain continues,” Cr Hill said.

“We are making a tough decision that will impact on some residents but it will help to protect many more homes in the affected suburbs.

“The TLDMG is totally focused on ensuring the appropriate response to this huge rain event affecting our community.”

Cr Hill said residents concerned about their safety should consider leaving their home.

“The Heatley Secondary College is operational as an evacuation centre for anyone needing a safe place to stay,” Cr Hill said.

“It’s really important that residents use common sense and listen to emergency services or Council employees if they are in a flood-affected area.

“This is one of the biggest wet seasons in years so please use common sense and stay safe.”

For more information about the weather event, road closures and flood warnings, residents should visit Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard