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General Manager puts call out to local weather watchers

1 March, 2012Posted in: Other, Roads and Assets
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Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Jason Gordon is calling on the region’s amateur meteorologists to help locate flood prone areas.

“This prolonged wet weather spell is having serious impacts right across the Southern Highlands,” he said.

“Infrastructure, transport and public property have all been affected. Initial reports suggest not a town or village across our Shire has been spared some form of localised flooding.

“Our staff are out in the field collecting and measuring data but it is impossible to get to all locations. There may also be unpopulated sites that we are unaware of having been affected by flood waters.

“We’re asking residents who may have photographed any areas of significant flooding to send them in to Council for future flood management planning,” he said.

“The photographs collected will help Council to map and forecast future flood events.

“It’s important to note that Council prioritises its capital works programs, including stormwater and floodplain management. Information provided will enable our engineers to identify areas prone to flood, help better prepare our Floodplain Management Strategy, and assist with prioritisation of works,” Mr Gordon said.

“The more information that can be included with the photographs – such as date, time, contact details and approximate rainfall – the better.”

Images and information can be forwarded to Council’s Floodplain and Stormwater Engineer on phone 4868 0798 or via email at: sha.prodhan@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Residents with urgent stormwater or flooding issues are advised to contact Council’s General enquiries number on 4868 0888.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500