West Barwon Reservoir overflows again

The West Barwon Reservoir began overflowing at the weekend following three months of above-average rainfall.

The reservoir, located near Forrest in the Otway Ranges National Park, is the region’s second-largest surface water storage after Wurdee Boluc Reservoir, which is also at capacity.

The West Barwon Reservoir is spilling. Image credit: Mandy Bishop, Forrest Post.

Water started flowing over the reservoir spillway on Sunday 24 November 2013 at rate of about 450 million litres a day.

The reservoir overflowed for the first time in a decade in July, last year, and spilled several times between July and October 2012.

It is unusual to see the dam spilling in late spring. The last time it overflowed in November was 2001.

August rainfall in the West Barwon catchment was 71% above average, while in September and October it was approximately 28% above average.

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Public access restricted

Due to road resurfacing works, there is currently no access to the reservoir via Forrest-Apollo Bay Road. Works are expected to be complete by the weekend.

There is limited pedestrian access downsteam of the spillway via Kannglang Road, Forrest.

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