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As the latest deluge in southeast Queensland continues, water will be released from Wivenhoe and Somerset dams from midday on Tuesday.
More than 100 millimetres of rain has fallen over the southeast in the past 24 hours, with the bureau saying there will be little reprieve from the wet weather for the rest of the week.
Mike Foster of Seqwater said staff had been monitoring the situation since the weekend and were “keeping a close eye” on the dam levels.
Although releases were initially thought to be unnecessary, Seqwater has decided to release water from Somerset and Wivenhoe dams from about midday.
These releases could continue for about a week.
‘‘There have been significant inflows in to Somerset Dam overnight and inflows will continue today,’’ Seqwater said in a statement.
‘‘As a result, gate releases from Somerset Dam in to Wivenhoe Dam will be necessary to drain Somerset back to full supply level.’’
Releases from Wivenhoe Dam will force the closure of Savages Crossing and the Twin Bridges.
Wivenhoe Dam was at 87 per cent capacity on Tuesday morning, while Somerset Dam was at 100 per cent capacity.
The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald caused flooding across southeast Queensland in late January, prompting releases from both dams.
However, Brisbane came close to losing tap water after silt from floods in the Lockyer Valley forced the closure of the city’s main treatment plant at Mount Crosby.
Residents were asked to conserve water and restrictions were put in place limiting water use to essential purposes only, including drinking, cooking and bathing.
The water crisis was averted after operators managed to flush out the treatment plant within 24 hours.