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Southern Downs residents told to flee over fears dam will burst

RESIDENTS living in Talgai have been told to immediately evacuate their properties over concerns a private dam is going to break and flood the region. 

There's a large hole in the Bolzan Quarry Dam, near Warwick on the Southern Downs, and about 250 homes are in danger. 
 
The alarm was raised by the Southern Downs Regional Council late last night, after water could be seen gushing out of the dam, which has reached capacity due to recent rainfall.
 
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie says they've set up an evacuation centre where support is being provided to those under threat.
 
"As it is, nine land owners have evacuated,'' she says. 
 
Fears of dangerous flooding
 
In a written press release, the council says dam failure will result in dangerous downstream flooding in low lying areas, between Talgai West Road and Dalrymple Creek Road.
 
"Residents need to act to protect life, leave now and move to higher ground,'' the statement says.
 
"Those evacuating have been urged to leave immediately, and stay with family and friends in a safe area.''
 
An evacuation centre has opened at Warwick Christean College at 70 Horsman Road. 
 

 

More rain on the way 
 
Meantime, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong says as crews work to fix the issue, there is the potential for more rain in that region later today.
 
She says while it's hard to pin point exactly where the rain will fall, it's possible it will hit the dam's catchment. 
 
"But we are expecting some thunderstorm activity to be very hit and miss this afternoon.''