The Wrights Creek catchment has experienced significant flooding six times since 1962, an updated draft flood study shows.
The community has a chance to provide further input on the Draft Wrights Creek Flood Study update with the document on public exhibition.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council engaged flood specialist WMAwater to prepare a Floodplain Management Plan for Wrights Creek.
The Wrights Creek Flood Study update is part of the process.
Representatives from WMAwater will be on hand to answer questions at a community drop-in session from 4pm to 6pm on October 24 at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council committee room.
The Wrights Creek catchment covers Wrights Creek and Yarranabee Creek.
Port Macquarie resident Andrew Doak’s residential property borders Wrights Creek.
He has owned the property for more than 40 years and the property has been in the family for even longer.
Mr Doak has seen scores of floods in the creek over the decades.
A 150mm downpour would cause very minor flooding, he said, with the water receding quickly.
“The flooding is influenced by tide levels,” he said.
He said floodwater reached the lower south-east side of his property but it was not a problem because the house was built on higher land.
Mr Doak said his property’s land value had decreased as a result of the flood zone.
The updated flood study is a step towards preparation of a Wrights Creek Floodplain Management Plan.
A report to September’s Port Macquarie-Hastings Council meeting said the study aimed to update the 2007 flood study under which the existing flood-affected areas had been mapped.
“It was anticipated the updated flood modelling will more accurately reflect the present day flood characteristics of the catchment,” the report said.
“Accordingly, incorporating the refined flood modelling into present day flood planning provisions has the potential to positively impact future development, while mitigating present day and future costs to the broader community in relation to damages from flooding events.”
People have until November 2 to lodge submissions with the council about the draft updated study.
Go to the council’s online community engagement hub for more information.