Storm King Dam at Stanthorpe spilled over this week with 140mm received in the catchment in a 24-hour period. As at 4am on Wednesday 24 March, Leslie Dam is at 23.33 per cent of which 15 per cent is Council’s full urban allocation. Connolly Dam is at 100 per cent and Storm King Dam at an incredible 100 per cent.

Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said that the Stanthorpe dam had lived up to the legacy of its name. “The catchment has lived up to its name, the king storm has filled up Storm King Dam,” Mayor Pennisi said. “After months of reporting that Storm King Dam was at 21.8 per cent or lower and carting an average of 565 truckloads of water to Stanthorpe per fortnight, this is a sight for sore eyes that will relieve a lot of pressure in the community.

“Water security has been a top priority for the Southern Downs Regional Council and although the recent rains have brought significant inflows into our dams, Council assures residents that it will continue to explore all avenues to responsibly manage water supply for the community.

“We have seen excellent tourist numbers carried over from 2020 to 2021 as the region saw its first sunflower crops in two years and no doubt visitors planning to come to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt over Easter for camping or fishing holidays will be overjoyed at the news of water in our dams.”

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