LOCAL flood knowledge will help guide future residential development in Myrtleford.
Alpine Council will undertake a drainage/flood study within Nil Gully Creek catchment in the next three months and is seeking historical flood knowledge from the community
They say Nil Gully Creek is known to have limited capacity to cope with periods of very heavy rain and that was highlighted during damaging floods in 1993.
Chief executive Dave Barry said the demand for residential land in Myrtleford has led to the rapid subdivision of land and strong enquiry from developers for further large-scale residential development within the catchment.
“Council and the North East Catchment Management Authority are aware that further residential development within the catchment has the potential to increase existing flooding issues, as well as reduce the area of land available to build infrastructure that can reduce the risk of flooding in future,” he said.
“The purpose of this study is to determine flood risks within the Nil Gully Creek catchment, then identify, cost and prioritise feasible flood mitigation options.