Flood study open to public
THE long-awaited flood study will be released for public perusal this weekend at public meetings in Warwick, Killarney and Allora.
The Condamine River and Tributaries flood study was commissioned before the summer wet weather and was delayed to take into account the recent flood events.
Data collated since August last year has been built into maps of the flood plain and will be presented at the meetings.
The study focuses on the risk of flooding in the towns of Warwick, Killarney, Allora, Yangan, Emu Vale, Tannymorel and Pratten, as well as rural areas along the floodplain.
“Our goal is to develop computer flood models of the Condamine River flood plain and quantify and map flood risks in study area,” said Adam Colrain, Southern Downs Regional Council's manager design and assets.
“This should help to reduce community vulnerability to flooding and raise awareness of flooding risks,” Mr Colrain added.
The study team is seeking to liaise with the community throughout the study to ensure the most accurate and relevant information is obtained and used.
The study was commissioned in August 2010, with contractors Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) but was delayed by the December 2010 and January 2011 flood events and a delay in aerial surveying.
After this first round of community sessions, flood modelling and mapping and assessment of community vulnerability will be carried out in July, before a second and third community session in July and August.
The final report is expected to be prepared by September.
Sessions times are:
Saturday, June 18, 9am to 11am at Warwick Library Meeting Room
Saturday, June 18, 1pm to 3pm at Killarney Senior Citizens Centre
A community open session will be held in Allora in late June to present flood data of the Allora area and Dalrymple Creek.
For further information visit the council's website at www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au.