Keeping weather eye on floods
REDUCING the impact of floods on the Rochester area was the focus of a meeting earlier this month.
A reference panel of community members met at Rochester Wine Tavern on December 7 to find out more about a flood study carried out by Hydrologists Water Technology.
The study was an extension of the Rochester Flood Management Plan (RFMP), which was prepared after the 2011 floods.
The original RFMP identified a possible solution to reduce the impact of flooding on the township and recommended further investigations be done to ensure they did not create unacceptable flooding in other areas.
At this month’s meeting, Hydrologists Water Technology explained the modelling process and presented the initial preliminary modelling results to it.
A statement from Campaspe Shire council said flood behaviour to the east of Rochester was extremely complex and the panel was providing feedback to help ensure the modelling provides an accurate picture of what occurs.
The main objective of the study is to identify the impacts beyond Rochester and what works are required to overcome any negative effects.
No decision will be made on implementing any works until the full effect of the recommended works is understood and the community has been extensively consulted.
The reference panel is scheduled to meet again in early February following completion of further modelling work.
Members of the Rochester Flood Management Plan reference panel met at Rochester Wine Tavern