Following the devastating 2015 flood in Stroud and surrounds, MidCoast Council is calling on the community’s help to develop a plan to manage flooding at Stroud and in the broader Karuah River catchment.
This includes the townships and settlements of Karuah North, The Branch, Allworth, Booral and Stroud Road.
A comprehensive Floodplain Risk Management Study will be undertaken over the coming year, with the purpose of identifying and assessing a range of flood risk management measures aimed at reducing the impacts of future flooding on the local community.
Up for consideration will be flood modification options (such as levees, channel or bridge works), response modification options (such as emergency response improvements or community awareness activities), and property modification options (such as land use planning changes or voluntary house raising).
MidCoast Council has commissioned engineering consultants Advisian (part of the WorleyParsons Group) to develop the study.
It follows on from the Stroud Flood Study completed in 2012 and the Karuah River Flood Study completed in 2010, which determined expected flood conditions for various levels of flood severity.
MidCoast Council coastal and flooding engineer, Roshan Khadka said early studies have identified what could be expected in terms of flooding impact in the region.
“We’re now looking to develop a suite of options that will guide how we manage the risks associated with floods into the future”.
As part of the study, residents and business owners are encouraged to share their ideas to improve flood management in the region.
Options identified through the study will be assessed to understand their potential impacts and benefits, with a final suite of recommended options presented in the Karuah River and Stroud Floodplain Risk Management Plan, expected to be completed by late 2018.
“We’re asking the local community to contribute by completing a questionnaire to highlight their priorities and challenges regarding local flooding and to provide ideas around potential flood management activities,” Ms Khadka said.
“Then, at a later stage they’ll be asked to review a short-list of flood management options by attending community information sessions.”
The questionnaire can be completed online at the following address: www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/floodstudy
The questionnaire will also be mailed to residents along with a newsletter about the study.
Also, council plans to form a Floodplain Risk Management committee to oversee the study.
The committee will be made up of council representatives and community members.
A request for expressions of interest in joining the committee will be circulated in the near future.
The project is supported by the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program and is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to supporting the local community.
For more information about the Stroud and Karuah River Floodplain Risk Management Study and plan, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/floodstudy or email Roshan.Khadka@MidCoast.nsw.gov.au.