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Flood Mapping

Community Information

A detailed information package has been mailed to property owners within the 1:100 year flood zone to advise of the results of the study.

Council held an information session to provide more in depth information and an opportunity for people to ask questions on Tuesday 28 June 2011 at the Mt Barker Community Library.

> Flood Plain Mapping Community Forum Presentation June 2011 (7MB)

Please refer to the following Fact Sheet for information about the study, what Council is doing and what property owners can do.

> Floodplain Mapping Study Fact Sheet (295kb)

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What can residents do?

What residents can do to minimise the impact of flooding:

It is important that Council work with residents to reduce the risk of flooding. Residents are advised to assess and introduce their own measures to alleviate potential flood hazards. If your property is identified as being flood prone, some steps you can take prior to a flood occurring include:

Keep your local drains clear of litter and debris to ensure drains don't become blocked.

  • Consider grading paved areas such as paths, and verandahs and other surfaces so that the water flows away from your house or shed.
  • Report blocked or damaged drains to Council as well as any illegal connections
  • Ensuring creeks on private properties do not become too overgrown or full of litter or debris.

Prepare a Personal Flood Action Plan

Be Prepared

  • Find out how high the water could possibly rise in and around your property;
  • Directing questions about your house and contents insurance to your insurer; and
  • Preparing an emergency kit with radio, torch, first aid kit, mobile phone, medication, waterproof bag with a change of clothing and essential food items.

Be Aware

  • Keep up to date of State Emergency Service (SES) notifications and extreme weather warnings.

Personal safety is the most important consideration during a flood. In areas of shallow flooding, driving or walking from your home could be more hazardous than staying at home.

Areas where water depth is greater or the water is fast flowing, are more hazardous and evacuation to higher ground may be required.  Residents should have a plan in the event of rising flood waters.

Important factors to consider in the event of a flood are:

  • Turn off electricity, gas and water
  • If you have time, move your vehicle and raise valuable personal items, appliance, furniture and personal mementos to higher ground
  • Keep your emergency kit with you and remember your pets
  • Stay tuned into a local radio for updated advice
  • Avoid entering floodwater but if you have to for some reason, wear solid shoes and check depth with a stick
  • Don't drive into water of unknown depth and current
  • Tell police or the State Emergency Service if you decide to evacuate on your own accord

For more information

If you have a question not included on this webpage or for more specific enquiries, please contact Council via email or telephone phone 8391 7200 or visit Council's Customer Service Centre located at the Local Government Centre, 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker.

Further information can also be obtained from:

> State Emergency Services website

> Emergency Management Australia website

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