Keep­ing weather eye on floods

Campaspe News - - NEWS - — Rusty Woodger

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

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