Mitchell Shire is requesting help from the community to conduct a flood behaviour study in the Sunday and Dry Creek catchment area.
The Shire is seeking photos of significant floods from yester year, historical rainfall records or river/creek height records that may have been officially observed.
The Sunday Creek and Dry Creek Flood study began recently and aims to discover information that was thought to be lost or to find data residents may have collated over the years to assist in validating results in the study.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said this study will build knowledge about the flooding behaviour of rivers and creeks in the catchment and will help inform future emergency planning and emergency responses.
‘‘Being able to produce accurate flood maps is important for our region as we look to improve our resilience to natural disasters in Mitchell Shire. Improved knowledge of flood behaviour will also help with future land-use and help inform the structure planning for Broadford and the rural valleys,’’ he said.
‘‘Local knowledge is crucial to a project like this as often people who live on the land understand how the area could flood. People may also have old photos of floods that can be used by project officers to understand where the water may build up.’’
Two drop-in sessions will be held this month for residents in the area.
The first will be held at Pyalong Neighbourhood House on Thursday, March 21 from 6pm to 8pm.
The second will be at Broadford Council Chambers on Saturday, March 23 from 10am to noon.
The Sunday Creek and Dry Creek catchments cover an area of about 970sqkm, which includes multiple towns such as Broadford and Pyalong.
If anyone has any photos to share or can provide historical data, please visit engagingmitchellshire.com/sunday-creek-flood-study