DURRAS Lake and Joes Creek have been opened to the sea in heavy rain and Coila Creek is due to be opened later on Wednesday, August 26.
Eurobodalla Shire Council opened Durras Lake at about 10pm on Tuesday, August 25.
Severe weather along the coast on Tuesday had Eurobodalla Shire Council readying work crews to open lakes to counter possible flooding.
Heavy weather prevented crews opening Joes Creek, Batehaven, on Tuesday afternoon, but they returned on Wednesday morning and completed the task.
Crews are expected to open Coila Lake at about 4pm.
Director of Infrastructure Services Warren Sharpe said council has a number of policies in place that set triggers for when lakes under council’s control are opened to protect properties and road access from flooding.
"We are now focusing on timing the openings to coincide with favourable tide and swell conditions," he said.
‘Timing an entrance opening is not as simple as it appears," Mr Sharpe said.
"We need to open the lake at the peak of the tide, using heavy machinery to shift the sand, so flood waters can be drawn out by the falling tide.
"This improves our chances of creating a deep channel to release the water."
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