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Shepparton East residents invited to meet with flood study consultants

Monday 5 August, 2013
Shepparton East people affected by the February floods are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, August 7 to meet consultants engaged to investigate overland flooding in the area.

Shepparton East people affected by the February floods are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, August 7 to meet consultants engaged to investigate overland flooding in the area.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council, has engaged consultants BMT WBM to conduct the investigation.

Goulburn Broken CMA Floodplain Manager Guy Tierney said the Overland Urban Flood Study would investigate the issues that caused and/or exacerbated flooding in Shepparton East.

"The aim of the study is to develop an understanding of flooding caused by the localised intense storm activity experienced in 1993 and more recently in February earlier this year," Mr Tierney said.

In February, more than 150 mm of rain fell in between 4pm and midnight with 100 mm falling within two hours in the late afternoon.

"The resulting flooding damaged residential and industrial property, closed off streets and damaged infrastructure such as roads and drains," Mr Tierney said.

"Information already supplied by local people, such as rainfall readings and records of damage, is very important and will be used by the consultants to develop plans to lessen the impact of flooding.

"To ensure we gather all the relevant material for the study we are inviting interested people to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, August 7 at the EastBank Centre, Welsford St, Shepparton, from 5.30pm to 7pm, so they can meet the consultants, discuss how the study will be developed, and its purpose."

Mr Tierney said this information would then be used to develop plans to lessen the impact of flooding.

The study will be completed by end of the year.