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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 08:38 am
On the very day Tim Flannery foresaw Sydney’s dams running dry (“the ongoing drought could leave Sydney’s dams dry in just two years”), the city’s catchment was boosted to 36.9% capacity. And we’ve had nothing but juicy dam-filling rain ever since:
The water level in Sydney’s dam network could top 45 per cent full this week for the first time since 2004, thanks to rain, and showers are expected to continue until Monday. Two dams, Tallowa and the Nepean, are spilling water.
Following Flannery’s prophesied date of dryness, the amount of water in our dams has increased by some 202,500 megalitres. Two dams are overflowing.
CORRECTION. My mistake; two dams aren’t overflowing. Make it three:
The Authority says another 23 millimetres fell over the Warragamba catchment, 18 mm over the Nepean catchment and 39 mm in the Shoalhaven overnight.
As a result, the Nepean, the Fitzroy and the Tallowa Dams are overflowing.