The dam’s water level was reported at 99.6 per cent capacity on Friday morning, with WaterNSW confirming it was planning for a “spill event” to begin in the evening.
“Downstream impacts are likely,” WaterNSW said. “And will be determined by the spill volume combined with downstream tributary flows.”
Controlled water releases began as the dam began to fill after several days of heavy rain drenching in parts of New South Wales and Australia’s east coast more broadly.
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Wild weather continues to lash the east coast, with rain expected to ease over the weekend before setting in again next week.
Northern NSW received some of the heaviest rainfall, with Gunnedah recording 58 millimetres in the past 24 hours and more than 300 millimetres across November – rendering it the town’s wettest November on record.
Flood warnings have been put in place for NSW and Queensland, with residents told to remain vigilant as the wet conditions are tipped to stick around for weeks. 
The Bureau of Meteorology NSW updated its warning on Friday morning, issuing a flood watch for the Hawkesbury-Nepean – which is fed by Warragamba Dam – as well as for NSW inland rivers and the Hunter River.
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NSW residents have been strongly reminded by the State Emergency Service to stay away from floodwaters. 
WaterNSW also confirmed it was working with the BOM and NSW SES “to monitor weather and inflows”. 

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