Wrights Creek to get updated flood study

The Wrights Creek study area.

The Wrights Creek study area.

Data from a survey as part of the Wrights Creek Flood Study is currently being analysed.

The final outcomes of that consultation process may include a summary of contributions collected from the community as well as recommendations for future action.

Stage 2 will include an assessment of measures including those identified by the community.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has engaged specialist flood consultants WMAwater to investigate the flooding mechanisms and flood risk management in the Wrights Creek catchment.

A flood study was completed some 10 years ago which identified areas of flood risk. The latest project will update the existing flood study to include current conditions. It is likely to also include an assessment of climate change scenarios.

Along with the update to the study, Council proposes to prepare a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan to address the existing and future flood problems within the Wrights Creek Catchment.

Council proposes to prepare a Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan to address the existing and future flood problems within the Wrights Creek Catchment.

As part of the study, computer models will be established to determine the extent and nature of potential flooding in the catchment. The first stage of the flood study update will collate and review all available information, and produce detailed information on the extent of flooding and flood hazard areas.

In the second stage, various mitigation measures including those identified by the community, where appropriate, will be assessed. The measures are aimed at managing the current and future flood risk in the Wrights Creek catchment and can be structural and planning measures or ‘response’ measures.

The results of this assessment will be presented in the Floodplain Risk Management Study. The best performing mitigation measures will be assessed in detail and presented during the third stage; The Floodplain Risk Management Plan. A public exhibition of the study will take place when a draft is complete.

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