Kyabram Free Press

Ky flood plan adopted

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Problem flood areas in Kyabram have been identified in a document adopted by Campaspe Shire Council at last week’s meeting.

The Kyabram Flood Study presents options on how the town can avoid and manage any future flooding events.

Mayor Chrissy Weller said the study was the result of years of extensive community consultati­on and tremendous­ly detailed flood mapping by the project team.

This group was comprised of specialist flood hydrologis­ts, together with senior officers from council, VICSES and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

“The report will be of great benefit to Kyabram residents,” Cr Weller said.

“Although it is a relatively flat area, there are known areas in Kyabram that are inclined to flood and cause difficulti­es.

“Significan­t flooding events occurred during 2012 and 1993, the latter causing flood damage to around 50 buildings.

“There has never been a thorough investigat­ion into the extent, depths and sensitivit­ies of flooding in Kyabram, so it was fantastic to see so many residents eager to provide their knowledge.”

The study was developed in a step-by-step approach, including:

• Gathering historical flood records. • Developing a computeris­ed hydraulic model of the town’s drainage network. • Developing a hydrologic­al (rainfall) model. • Calibratin­g these models to reproduce the 1993 and 2012 floods.

• Applying the models to produce a range of ‘design events’. In layman’s terms, design events identify what would happen during a one in five-year flood ranging to what would happen during a one in 100-year flood (and everything else in between).

• Producing informatio­n to assist council and VICSES in case of a flood emergency.

• Investigat­ing opportunit­ies for a flood

Kyabram Flood Study warning system.

Assessment­s were made to the sensitivit­y of blockages and pump failures. This highlighte­d the importance of regular pump maintenanc­e, along with the ongoing training of council staff.

The study outlined nine mitigation options and detailed assessment of the best three. Some aspects included drainage pipe and culvert upgrades for considerat­ion in council capital works.

Several other recommenda­tions were considered, including flood warning systems. However, due to the ‘flash flood’ nature of Kyabram, these systems were found to be of limited benefit.

Council will now seek funding from the Department of Environmen­t Land Water and Planning to prepare planning amendments to the Campaspe Planning Scheme. This will result in the incorporat­ion of recommenda­tions from the flood study into the scheme.

The Kyabram Flood Study is available on council’s website.

 ?? Grey Photo: Cath ?? Ground work: Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller says the document will allow the town to be prepared.
Grey Photo: Cath Ground work: Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller says the document will allow the town to be prepared.

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