Water rushed out from Wyangala Dam in quantities unseen for years this afternoon as it was released in an effort to make room for expected further inflows.
State Water aims to release 50 000 megalitres of water from Wyangala Dam over the next day and a half to maximise air space.
From 3pm today releases from Wyangala Dam were increased from 10 000 megalitres a day to 20 000 megalitres a day.
A spokesperson for State Water said it intends to release 50 000 megalitres in the next 36 hours after Wyangala Dam received inflows of 113 830 megalitres in the 24 hours before 9am this morning.
“Our strategy there is to maximise air space to absorb these very heavy inflows while trying to minimise the [impact] downstream,” a State Water spokesperson said.
Releases are not expected to aggravate pre-existing flooding levels, State Water said.
At 9am this morning Wyangala Dam reached 91.7% capacity.