Water to be released to reveal Paradise Dam damage
REPAIRS to Paradise Dam are vital following the massive deluge that swept through during the recent floods.
The full extent of the damage caused by from January's floods will be revealed in coming days, after enough water is released from the dam to allow inspectors to assess the impact the massive force of water may have inflicted.
But Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman has assured residents the dam is structurally safe.
"We have received word from SunWater; they have advised us of the circumstances and the situation there and it is very important that we get out and tell the people the true facts of what is happening," he said.
"The safety of our staff, the safety of our community and the safety of our people is always paramount."
Cr Forman said the important part was to make sure that everybody was put at ease as he understood people were concerned.
"Every time we get a bit of rain from the storms and the cyclone threat even, people are very nervous because two years ago they had the same situation where they had a flood then another flood," he said.
"This time we had the biggest flood ever, an exceptional flood and an unprecedented natural disaster here, and as soon as we hear of water and extra rain coming people do get very nervous.
"The integrity of the dam is sound."
Visiting Bundaberg at the weekend Premier Campbell Newman said during the recent floods more than 8.5 metres of water had gone across the top of the spillway and there was some damage caused to the energy dissipater, located downstream of the dam.
"What we have to do over the next few days is drop the level of the dam, get in, do some inspections and probably do some work just to make sure the dam is 100% okay in the future," he said.
"It is all about ensuring that we provide safety, security, and peace of mind to the people of Bundaberg.
"At this stage, there is absolutely no concern about the dam failing - none whatsoever."
Mr Newman said it was important the community know in an upfront manner that that work was going on.
"First thing we have to do is drop the level of the water, that will take four or five days," he said.
"Then we have to draw the level down over the next four or five days to give a bit of free board.
"We will have people going in looking at the downstream section where there is a bit of concern about it, and then they will be lining up any equipment they need to do some works there."
Mr Newman said it was about making sure that nothing was left to chance and ensuring that nothing could go wrong.
"But again I stress, I don't have any concerns in terms of the dam not being structurally safe, but we do need to do this important work," he said.
"And if we didn't it would be irresponsible."