Call for flow of information on flood studies

Flood studies across Lake Macquarie City are set to improve safety for hundreds of residents living in areas prone to inundation.

Lake Macquarie City Council is poised to undertake studies of eight separate lake catchment tributaries, with computer models developed to map affected areas and establish likely future flood levels and severity.

Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said input from the community would help provide focus for the studies.

“We’re hoping people share their own experiences, photos, videos and insights to paint a bigger picture of the flooding history of these study areas and some of the factors at play,” Mr Browne said.

“That information will be combined with results from our flood modelling technology to help develop the flood studies.”

The eight lake tributaries earmarked for flood studies include:

“We’ve contacted more than 700 potentially affected residential properties within these catchments,” Mr Browne said.

“A lot of the people living there will have been there for some years, so we’re hopeful they can help shed some light on flooding history.”

Council has previously completed flood studies of all major catchments within Lake Macquarie City.

Mr Browne said completion of the next eight tributary studies would fill in most of the blanks.

“This will give us flood planning information covering 98 per cent of the City,” he said.

“That improves our flood risk management, provides greater safety for residents and visitors, improves our capacity to protect properties and helps us plan residential growth and development.”

Complete an online flood history survey and contribute information, photos and other media relating to the eight study areas at shape.lakemac.com.au/lake-tributary-flood-studies.

Mr Browne urged current and former residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders to have their say online.

This first stage of community consultation closes Friday 17 April.

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