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Wee Waa flood levee meeting

By Catherine Clifford, Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 14:03 EDT
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A property near Wee Waa is surrounded by floodwaters as water continues to inundate swathes of land in northern NSW on February 6, 2012. - Audience submitted

Communication during flood times in the Wee Waa community were the focus of discussions at a meeting in Wee Waa on Tuesday.

Narrabri Shire Council and the New South Wales S-E-S have been working to refine how the community talks to each other and the emergency services when water is rising rapidly.

Region Controller with the Namoi SES, Andrew Galvin, says feedback from the people who live in Wee Waa is extremely important.

He says the consultation is about sharing of knowledge.

"The levee's designed to cover a one-in-33 year flood, which is equivalent to the 1971 flood, so what we wish to talk about is how we manage and keep the public, the community informed when we do have flooding," he said.

"We also want them to have an understanding of what our intentions are at various flood heights and for them to provide input into that as to whether that is acceptable in terms of their needs."

Andrew Galvin says the 2012 floods revealed communication with the local community could be better.

"Wee Waa is protected a levee and that levee serves the community very well and what we need to do is talk about the communications we will provide to the community at various flooding levels," he said.

"What happens is that the community out there can be isolated for periods of days, or even weeks, so we need to talk about that and the sort of advices we're going to give to the community and the lead times that we can provide."


- ABC

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