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PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
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CMA seeks input into Halls Gap flood review

Nov 23, 2015
Stony Creek Stores 2011 Stony Creek bursts its banks in Halls Gap
during January 2011 flooding
Sandbagging Stony Creek Stores 2011 Locals helping sandbag Stony Creek Stores
during January 2011 floods in Halls Gap
SES surveys Stony Creek 2011 SES member surveys
January 2011 floods
in Halls Gap

Flood planners are on the search for new information about flooding in Halls Gap as part of a review into the town’s 2008 flood investigation and of major floods in 2010 and 2011.

A flood review steering committee is inviting people to a meeting in Halls Gap Recreation Reserve Clubrooms on December 3 from 6pm.

Meeting organisers are hoping people will bring along photographs, films, maps and other information about past flooding in and around Halls Gap, including the most recent floods in 2010 and January 2011.

Wimmera CMA chief executive David Brennan said in light of landscape changes in and around Halls Gap since 2008, plus significant improvements in flood mapping technology, now was an ideal time for the review.

“This review will gather more accurate and up to date information to help emergency services and other flood agencies with land use planning,” Mr Brennan said.

“Information from the community is vital in ensuring the data that goes into building these maps is as accurate as possible. We are after photographs, videos, maps and any other flood-related information, not only from the 2010 and 2011 events but from any flooding events, big and small, in the Halls Gap area.”

The Grampians tourist town has also undergone significant residential and accommodation development since 2008.

Bushfires in the Grampians National Park, including one in January 2014, have impacted on vegetation growth that has the potential to change water runoff rates and flow directions.

Mr Brennan says although flooding was far from people’s minds right now, many flooding events had occurred in Halls Gap during summer.

The steep terrain of the Halls Gap catchment contributes to significant runoff and flash flooding, even in minor rainfall events. The town has experienced significant floods in 1946, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2011.

Halls Gap Flood Review Area Halls Gap Flood Study Review Area