Benalla Rural City Council have partnered with the SES and Goulburn Catchment management Authority to launch an interactive online flood information portal.
The system will give local insurers, homeowners and business owners a wealth of information on how they will be affected in the event of a flood.
The site features an interactive satellite map that shows which parts of town will be under water at different flood levels.
‘‘The Benalla Local Flood Guide contains up-to-date information on the impact of flood for the Benalla township, and includes historical flood information, the impact of floods, and how to prepare, respond and recover from a flood emergency,’’ Mayor Don Firth said.
‘‘It is designed to be easy to use, practical and useful for people in developing their flood knowledge in relation to their individual property.’’
Users can click on an individual property and see a detailed report of how rising water will effect them.
The property information also includes a chart showing the different levels of previous floods.
The site will be useful to insurers when calculating flood risks, residents, and to people looking to buy or rent in Benalla.
Benalla has a significant risk of flooding depending on weather conditions and rising waters are a concern for many.
Flooding events can be regular and have the potential to devastate the city, many will remembering the flood of 1993, which saw more than 1500 people evacuated.
‘‘Flooding is all too familiar across Benalla Rural City,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘The Benalla Flood Risk Information System has been developed to assist community, businesses and property owners to know about their risk of flood.’’
Details of the new system were presented to Benalla Rural City Council’s planning and development committee, earlier this year, who voted unanimously to endorse it.
A warning system has been shown to be the most effective solution to dealing with rising waters in Benalla with recent studies concluding that engineering solutions are unlikely to be effective.
Modelling highlighted that this type of intervention would have a negative impact on the environment and be costly.
●For more information and to access the Flood Information System and Local Flood Guide, visit www.benalla.vic.gov.au