Drop-in to flood ses­sion to­day

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla res­i­dents will have a chance to con­tribute to the for­ma­tion of lo­cal flood stud­ies for the Goul­burn and Bro­ken ar­eas this month.

The event will be held to­day, Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, 4 pm to 8 pm in the Pat Clar­idge room, Be­nalla li­brary, 2 Fawck­ner Dve.

The Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity (GBBCMA) will be hold­ing a se­ries of drop-in ses­sions dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and in­ter­ested lo­cal res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

State Mem­ber for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Na­tion­als Steph Ryan said the study was de­signed to im­prove the GBCMA’s un­der­stand­ing and plan­ning for a 100-year flood.

‘‘These drop-in ses­sions are an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to share their own knowl­edge of flood events or close en­coun­ters over re­cent years,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It is im­por­tant the catch­ment man­age­ment author­ity hears about how our com­mu­ni­ties are af­fected in times of flood­ing and ex­treme rain events.

‘‘I en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested to try and make it to one of the drop in ses­sions.

There was risk of floods in Be­nalla in De­cem­ber 2017, but the most dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing came in 1993, where Be­nalla saw up to 300mm of rain fall in a 24-hour pe­riod, re­sult­ing in with more than 1500 res­i­dents be­ing evac­u­ated.

Be in­formed: Hume high­way floods in De­cem­ber 2017.

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