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Council calls for local data as part of Nattai Creek flood studies

11 December, 2012Posted in: Environment, Roads and Assets
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on residents who have knowledge of local flood prone areas to assist the council by providing information on flooding “trouble spots” as part of a major study designed to help better prepare for future flood events in the Nattai Creek area.

Flooding causes over $100 million worth of damage each year across the nation and historically causes more damage annually than any other natural disasters in Australia.

Council is currently preparing major flood studies across some of the Shire’s key catchment areas in an effort to better plan, predict and manage the risk of flooding across our Shire.

The studies will form part of Council’s Floodplain Risk Management Program which aims to reduce the impact of flooding on the community.

The Nattai Creek Flood Study will focus attention on the Nattai Creek catchment, which covers an area approximately 6.75 km² across eastern Mittagong.

As part of the study, computer models will be used to simulate flood behaviour across the catchment.

For the study to be as reliable as possible, Council is asking residents to submit any historical information they may have collected from past floods. This could include written data or historical photographs and videos.

Alternatively, a questionnaire can be completed online at the dedicated website, www.nattai.floodstudy.com.au. Responses close on the 21 December 2012.

For further information about the Nattai Creek Flood Study or to fill out an online questionnaire visit: www.nattai.floodstudy.com.au, or contact Council’s Floodplain and Stormwater Engineer on phone 4868 0798 or via email at: sha.prodhan@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or Council’s consultant, David Tetley from Catchment Simulation Solutions on phone (02) 9223 0882 or via email at: dtetley@csse.com.au.

The Nattai Creek Flood Study is jointly funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council and the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage.