Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Major flood study for the Riverina

Tuesday March 5, 2013 - 14:08 EDT

A year after the 2012 floods in the Riverina, the recovery is far from over and there's a question about what can be realistically done to prevent a repeat.

After record rainfall, the Mirrool Creek was 16 kilometres wide and some Riverina villages went under water.

Griffith City Council general manager Brett Stonestreet says a major flood study is about to start to improve the outcome in future.

"I know in a lesser rainfall type of event, the improvements to stormwater drainage infrastructure at the Yenda and Yoogali villages is important and that's something that we're progressing with now.

"But to answer your question about a flood of that magnitude it is very difficult unless you start talking things like flood levees," said Brett Stonestreet.

Even in areas with levees such as Wagga, millions of dollars will be needed to protect from a one in one hundred year flood and there's no indication of governments providing that money in the short term.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

'Worse than the cyclone': Debbie's victims still battling home insurers

18:36 EST

It is 15 months since Tropical Cyclone Debbie smashed Mel Deacon's north Queensland home but it's still so badly damaged it is unfit to live in — something she blames on a bitter fight with her insurance company.

Cheeky Canberrans disrobe and jump in the lake to mark winter solstice

18:06 EST

It's the shortest day of the year, so why not take off all of your clothes and plunge into the freezing lake to celebrate? That's what a brave group of Canberrans did early on Thursday morning to mark the winter solstice and raise money for charity.

Antarctic expeditioners plunge into icy water at Casey Station to mark winter solstice

16:33 EST

Expeditioners at Antarctica's Casey Station have taken a plunge into -2 degree waters to celebrate midwinter.