Queensland residents forced to evacuate amid fears dam could burst near Warwick
Feb. 14, 2020
People living on properties downstream from a failing Queensland dam have evacuated as engineers assess the situation.
A local spotted a 3.5m hole in the dam on private property at Talgai, north of Warwick on Friday afternoon, but efforts to repair the damage have so far failed.
Residents on nine properties self-evacuated on Friday night after the Southern Downs Regional Council issued an emergency alert.
The council warned the failure of the Bolzan Quarry Dam would result in "dangerous downstream flooding in low lying areas".
An evacuation centre was opened at Warwick, but has closed as the evacuees have sheltered with family or friends.
The council said water was gushing from a 3.5m by 1.5m hole at the dam's base.
Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are expected to break a severe heatwave that has gripped much of northern Queensland.
Forecasters say the sweltering conditions will peak on Saturday and ease from Sunday, while the rest of the state gets some much needed sunshine.
Temperatures in Townsville, Ayr and Woolshed were well into the 30s on Friday.
Days of downpours in the southeast corner have led to flooding that is yet to subside.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there's a medium chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms for the region over the weekend, but nothing like the deluge earlier in the week.
On the Gold Coast, police are still searching for Yang Chen, 26, who disappeared in the hinterland area while walking near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley earlier in the week.
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