Carisbrook to hear flood mitigation optionsMonday February 4, 2013 - 10:28 EDT
New levees and changes to a local creek are among the flood mitigation options that will be presented to a central Victorian community next week.
A meeting is being planned at Carisbrook, near Maryborough, next Monday night, to unveil the options to come out of a flood study of the town.
Carisbrook was one of several central Victorian communities to suffer major flooding during the early months of 2011.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority's Damian Wells says there are several proposals for the community to consider.
"There's levee options being considered, there's some minor modification of some of the waterway, there's issues of concern in terms of some of the roads and culverts, etc in the town, improved warning for the town as well," he said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people attended flood recovery events over the weekend in two central Victorian towns.
At Rochester there was a street party and the launch of a Flood Safe program.
Local councillor Leigh Wilson says it is important for the community to be well educated to try to minimise the effects of future floods.
"They had a very good opportunity to integrate with the water catchment authorities and the emergency service personnel that were there, just be able to have that frank discussion in a friendly environment, as opposed to during the disaster, so I think it was a successful launch," Cr Wilson said.
At yesterday, an event to showcase the town and the Loddon River was held.
The Loddon Shire's Robyn Vella says it has been a tough period for a town that is getting back on its feet.
"People are still emotionally drained because this has been exhausting," she said.
"I mean two years seems like a long time but it's such a short time for such a tragedy to occur and just remember Bridgewater's township was flooded and those businesses were all flooded in that main street part."
© ABC 2013
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