Flood prevention efforts make residents 'feel much safer'By Fidelis Rego, Thursday June 20, 2013 - 11:12 EST
Murweh Mayor Denis Cook says a scheme to flood-proof some homes in Charleville, in Queensland's south-west, has been a success.
Over the past three years, the council has offered residents in at-risk areas subsidies to either raise their homes or relocate to higher ground.
Councillor Cook says 15 homes have been raised and another four have been either moved or demolished.
"It makes it less now for flooding but of course with our new mitigation, our [Bradley's] Gully diversion which we've just about finished, we honestly believe that we should be fine."
He says it has brought a renewed sense of optimism to the town.
"People tell me this that they actually feel much safer now because they don't worry now when you get a bit of heavy rain because ... it has been done," he said.
"You only do it once and do it properly, that's what I believe."
The scheme will close at the end of the month.
© ABC 2013
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