Drop-in to flood session today

February 14, 2018

The Hume Freeway was flooded between Benalla and Euroa

Benalla residents will have a chance to contribute to the formation of local flood studies for the Goulburn and Broken areas this month.

The event will be held today, Wednesday, February 14, 4pm to 8pm in the Pat Claridge room, Benalla library, 2 Fawckner Dve.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBBCMA) will be holding a series of drop-in sessions during February and interested local residents are encouraged to attend.

State Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the study was designed to improve the GBCMA’s understanding and planning for a 100-year flood.

‘‘These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for locals to share their own knowledge of flood events or close encounters over recent years,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It is important the catchment management authority hears about how our communities are affected in times of flooding and extreme rain events.

‘‘I encourage anyone interested to try and make it to one of the drop in sessions.

There was risk of floods in Benalla in December 2017, but the most devastating flooding came in 1993, where Benalla saw up to 300mm of rain fall in a 24-hour period, resulting in with more than 1500 residents being evacuated.

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