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Flooding plan still up creek for wet season

Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 17:30 EDT
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Soggy prospects: People stand in floodwaters on Rapid Creek Road after heavy rain in February 2011. - ABC

The Northern Territory Government says it plans to consult the public about how to deal with flooding at Rapid Creek in Darwin.

Lands Minister Peter Chandler says a draft plan to address the issue will be put out for public consultation in mid-December.

He says the government is trying to balance community concerns about environmental damage and calls to remove silt and trees in the area.

"It is really a difficult creek to manage ... the silver bullet is not there," he said.

"What I do not want to do is give residents of the Rapid Creek area the expectation that this government or, in fact, any government is going to be able to mitigate 100 per cent the entire risk of living in this particular area."

Peter O'Hagan from the Rapid Creek Landcare Group says, with Christmas approaching, the consultation will need to extend into January.

" I do not think there is much they will be able to do this wet season, anyway, other than cross their fingers and hope they do not have some major cyclones.

Rapid Creek resident James Dunleavy says his home has been badly affected by flooding in the past.

He says the government had promised to present its flood mitigation report by last month.

"This weekend just gone I have been having to consider sandbagging at my place and watching the creek," he said.

"Thankfully, nothing happened but it was worrying again for people who live along Rapid Creek."


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