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Council calls for local knowledge as part of Robertson flood studies

6 August, 2015Posted in: Environment, Roads and Assets
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on residents living in or near the village of Robertson to provide information on flooding “trouble spots” as part of a major study designed to help better prepare for future flood events.

Flooding causes over $300 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 and floodplain risk management 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.

These studies are the result of a $258,000 grant Council secured earlier in the year from the NSW State Government and will form part of Council’s Floodplain Risk Management Program which aims to reduce the impact of flooding on the community.

The Robertson village Flood Study will focus on the Caalong Creek catchment and is designed to address existing and future flood issues along Hoddle Street and the greater village itself.

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.  This information will then be used to help assist in calibrating computer models.

Alternatively, a questionnaire can be completed online at the dedicated website,  robertsonvillage.wix.com/overlandfloodstudy.  Responses close on the 28 August 2015.

For further information about the Robertson village Flood Study or to fill out an online questionnaire visit:  robertsonvillage.wix.com/overlandfloodstudy, or contact Council’s Floodplain and Stormwater Engineer on phone 4868 0798, via email at: sha.prodhan@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or Council’s consultant, David Crompton from J.Wyndham Prince on phone (02) 4720 3300 or via email at: robertsonfs@jwprince.com.au.