On­line map shows property flood risk

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WITH storm sea­son upon us, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil is re­mind­ing res­i­dents to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the on­line flood map­ping tool for the Bur­nett River.

Mayor Mal For­man said liv­ing in a stun­ning coastal lo­ca­tion like the Bund­aberg re­gion was not with­out its haz­ards, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing storm and cy­clone sea­son.

“We have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of good down­pours in re­cent weeks, which have served as a timely re­minder that we need to pre­pare for storm sea­son,” Cr For­man said.

“While we in no way want res­i­dents to be­come alarmed about the pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­treme weather event, it is es­sen­tial that you use all avail­able in­for­ma­tion to as­sess your in­di­vid­ual risk.”

Cr For­man said the coun­cil’s award-win­ning flood map­ping tool showed res­i­dents how var­i­ous river gauge lev­els along the Lower Bur­nett River catch­ment could im­pact in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties.

“I would strongly rec­om­mend all res­i­dents liv­ing adjacent to the Bur­nett River take ad­van­tage of this tool and share the maps with friends and fam­ily to im­prove our com­mu­nity’s un­der­stand­ing of flood be­hav­iour on the Bur­nett River.

“It uses his­tor­i­cal data and cal­i­brated mod­els to es­ti­mate flood­ing on a spe­cific property, which res­i­dents can use as a guide in fu­ture weather events to as­sess their flood risk and make plans for self-evac­u­a­tion.

“While it can be ac­cessed on­line all year round, through­out storm sea­son this tool is avail­able from the home­page of coun­cil’s web­site.”

Google Bur­nett River Flood Gauge Maps or head to www.bund­aberg.qld. gov.au and click on the ‘Bur­nett River flood gauge map­ping’ tab to ac­cess the flood map­ping tool.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare an emer­gency kit and evac­u­a­tion kit, look for “dis­as­ter man­age­ment” un­der the “Res­i­dents and Com­mu­nity” tab on the web­site.

If you re­quire as­sis­tance to use the flood map­ping tool, phone the coun­cil on 1300 883 699.

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