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Council tackling Cooroy flood mitigation

By Jo Skinner, Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 11:23 EDT

The Sunshine Coast council says it has already undertaken flood mitigation works in the Cooroy area and is investigating if more needs to be done.

Residents have voiced concerns about a serious water surge problem that causes regular flooding in the Lake Macdonald area.

Councillor Tony Wellington says the council has engaged an independent consultant to assess flooding issues and has already addressed some of the residents' concerns.

"To deal with the creek breaking its banks upstream from certain residents in Lake Macdonald, council has already taken out some mitigation works to raise a kind of levee near a bend in the creek," he said.

"However, there are limits to what council can do in terms of extreme flood events such as that which occurred in February 2012."

Cr Wellington says the flood modelling will identify any mitigation works that need to be undertaken.

"Council has engaged an outside consultant to carry out detailed flood modelling for Cooroy and that will include the Lake Macdonald area," he said.

"That flood modelling is being assessed at the moment and will be available for the public to view early in the new year and it will also inform any measures that might need to be taken in and around Cooroy."


© ABC 2013

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