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Call for catchment approach to Griffith flood meet

Thursday November 15, 2012 - 09:19 EDT

A flood affected Yenda resident says it is vital tonight's meeting about the March disaster offers workable flood mitigation strategies.

Carl Chirgwin says he and his wife have only just been able to move back into their home and admits last week's downpour, which left some areas of the village flooded has reignited angst in the village.

Murrumbidgee Irrigation will front the public meeting about the event and Mr Chirgwin says it is vital there is a whole of community approach.

"I just hope they run it in a way that there can be solutions gained from it," he said.

"And also actions on those solutions.

"For example, we were told in March they were going to put monitoring along the Mirrool Creek and I made a message on Facebook, 'Has that been done?'

"The message I got back was that farmers are monitoring it.

"I though 'If it's flooded how are farmers going to monitor?'

"We've got all this technology, why aren't we using it so that information can be collected and acted upon?

Mr Chirgwin is calling for the entire Mirrool Creek catchment to work together on flood mitigation strategies.

He hopes the meeting will not dissolve into an 'us versus them' situation.

"We've just got to come together as one and not the just the Griffith City Council, we've got to think about the whole catchment area," he said.

"People from Binya, Barellan, Mirrool, all through there as well, we're all affected.

"And the other side of Griffith too, the water that goes down to Tabbita, Goolgowi.

"There's solutions right across the catchment, not just Yenda.

There is confidence a proposed class-action against Murrumbidgee Irrigation over its handling of the March floods will still go ahead.

Mr Chirgwin says there is some 'flood fatigue', but questions remain unaswered.

"Myself and my wife were greatly affected, with one half of Yenda," he said.

"But in another way is it really worth, the effort and the stress and toll it's taken?

"We've just got back into our house and everyone is still under the burden of insurance companies.

"I think once that's all sorted, it'll come back to those original photos, the town's flooded, but not the properties...why isn't the water going that way?"


- ABC

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