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Next step in Korong Vale Flood Study

Aerial map of Korong Vale with flood extents in different colours - blue, white, red, and yellow, encompassing most of the town.
27 Apr 2023

The latest flood mapping has highlighted how even smaller floods can have a widespread impact on Korong Vale.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA), Loddon Shire Council, and Victorian State Emergency Service are working with the local community on the Korong Vale Flood Study.

North Central CMA Waterways and Floodplain Officer Owen Hayden said after community consultation and updated information from the 2022 floods, the next step in the study is ready to take place.

“We have finalised modelling and have a series of maps to present to the community,” he said.

“The maps model flood water for a 1-in-5 and 1-in-100-year flood, and the results are worth noting.

“Even with a 1-in-5-year flood, most properties in the town will have water around them. For many it will be less than 15cm, but hardly any properties will be left dry.

“For a 1-in100-year flood, it’s more widespread, faster moving, and deeper in places.”

1-in-100 year flood extent at Korong Vale

Mr Hayden said as well as the maps, flood mitigation options will be presented to the community.

“We want residents to understand the options, have a say on them, and even present their own ideas for mitigating the effects of flooding on the town,” Mr Hayden said.

“We’ll then analyse the effectiveness of the most promising options, along with their costs and benefits.

“The aim of this stage is to show if there are flood mitigation options for Korong Vale that provide a favourable benefit/cost ratio.”

1-in-5 year flood extent at Korong Vale

A drop-in session will be held at Scully’s Korong Vale Hotel on Tuesday, May 2, at 3.30pm.

“We encourage people to come and take a look at the maps and have their say about the future of the town,” Mr Hayden said.