WHERE will it flood next time, am I under threat and what do I have to know?
Hopefully these questions will be clearly answered in the future after Logan City Council concludes a major update of its Flood Studies Review Program.
The Program aligns with State Planning Policy and recommendations from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry to consider a changing climate and to share updated flood information with the community.
It will help residents to be aware of their property’s potential risk of flooding and to support better planning, preparation and decision making.
Logan Mayor Darren Power said Council is equipping the community with the latest information to better protect people and property.
“We have an obligation to ensure people know about flood risk and a duty to ensure the safety of our community,” Cr Power said.
There were 263 homes inundated by riverine flooding in the February-March floods.
“The devastation wreaked by these extreme weather events cannot be underestimated,” Cr Power said.
“Several major flood events have impacted the City of Logan and our community. This experience has been a timely reminder of the importance of planning our city’s growth sensibly, with consideration of an increasing flood risk.
“Weather experts are telling us there is more severe weather likely to come with threats of La Nina to bring above average rainfall and possible flooding. While we don’t want to be alarmist, we need to be informed and prepared.”
The Flood Studies Review Program considers new rainfall and river level information from recent flood events, changes in a growing city, and the latest technology, standards and industry best-practice to help plan future growth to keep the community safe.
New information for the Logan and Albert Rivers and Slacks and Scrubby Creeks catchments is available on Council’s website. The mapping depicts a weather event that has a one per cent chance of happening, or a 1 in 100 chance, in any year.
Residents can access the flood reports at Council’s online PD Hub, where a map of the potential flood risk for selected properties is available (loganhub.com.au)
Further updates for other catchments across the city will be made in 2023 and 2024 as the rolling program continues.
They include Henderson Creek, Days Creek, Quinzeh Creek, Windaroo and Belivah Creek, Chambers Creek and Upper Oxley Creek.