Study to help gauge flood levels
SAMANTHA Watt was back in her hometown on Saturday talking floodwater at public meetings for the Condamine River Flood Study.
Ms Watt graduated from Warwick State High School in 1999 and was one of two senior flooding engineers from consultants Sinclair, Knight, Merz at the meetings in Warwick and Killarney.
“I was happy with the response,” Ms Watt said.
“We had 10 to 15 people at the meetings in Warwick and Killarney.
“The study is to develop a model of the flood risk to the community. We are adjusting the model from information provided by the public.
“This is a prediction tool for Council for the long term – where they can put and not put development.”
On Saturday, residents attended the meetings to look at the flood heights on the maps and two laptop computers.
Ms Watt said residents of Warwick and Killarney thought the 2011 heights were reasonably accurate.
A quick glance from map to map on the wall shows just how much bigger the 1976 flood was than 2011 in Warwick.
East Warwick resident Gerry Hemmings said he noticed flood heights on the 1976 map were 1m lower than actual in East Warwick
Oxenham St resident Lindsay White had water in her garage but not her house in January, but put some of the damage in her area down to the water flow from St George Springs and East St where a lot of housing development had taken place since the 1976 flood.
Ms Watt said Killarney residents were concerned that as well as two floods in the past six months, there was a big flood in the main street in 2008.
“The study will look at probabilities, which houses will be wet at certain levels. We will look at what areas will flood in even bigger floods,” she said.
One Allora resident brought in rainfall records for Sinclair, Knight, Merz to help with their research into flooding in Dalrymple Creek.
Staff from the consultants will be in Allora soon for a meeting.