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Residents get extra flood preparation time

Monday March 18, 2013 - 11:48 EDT

Strathbogie Shire residents will have more time to prepare for devastating floods, after the completion of 14 flood gauges along the Castle and Seven creeks.

A total of $260,000 in Victorian Government funding will be used to help pay for the gauges, after damaging floods that swept through the area in 2010.

In the past, residents only had between two and four hours warning that floods were coming but Strathbogie Mayor Deborah Swan says the new equipment will increase the warning time to as much as eight hours.

"It's a great thing for the community," she said.

"It provides them with a little bit of security so they can think about getting things organised in regards to sandbagging and getting the volunteers together to help mitigate any of the issues that might arise."

Councillor Swan says the advance warning will help to protect people and properties from floodwaters and she has thanked the community for helping make it happen.

"We have to put a bit of a big thank you out there to the property owners who are allowing some of this equipment to go onto their land and of course it's always wonderful to show that we can work together with the state, community and council," she said.


© ABC 2013

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