PROBLEM: The gates at Lenthalls Damare under review after claims they have been malfunctioning since 2008.
PROBLEM: The gates at Lenthalls Damare under review after claims they have been malfunctioning since 2008. FILE

Flood victim applauds Lenthalls Dam rethink

A WOMAN who has been the victim of repeated upstream flooding has applauded the call to re-examine the issue of the Lenthalls Dam crest gates.

Esther Allan, whose property near the Lenthalls Dam has been flooded multiple times over the past four years, said the call from Maryborough MP Anne Maddern was the only responsible course of action.

Ms Allan said she and her neighbours downstream all felt the decision to ask the Dam Safety Regulator to review the safety of the dam gates was urgently needed.

The Queensland Flood Commission reported in 2012 that more than 270 would be in danger if the dam failed.

Ms Maddern felt enough people were concerned about the issue to warrant the Dam Safety Regulator re-examining the gates.

Ms Allan agreed there was significant concern and said she believed the upstream flooding she had experienced was due to the failed dam gates.

"We wonder when the state and the council will wake up and either remove or re-engineer the gates," she said.

Both Wide Bay Water and the Fraser Coast Regional Council advised they were unable to comment on the issue of the safety of the Lenthalls Dam crest gates due to ongoing legal issues surrounding them.

Acting chief executive officer for Wide Bay Water Tracey Tucker said the management of safety issues was always a concern of the organisation.



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