Local councils are responsible for managing flood-prone land in NSW with support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, which provides specialist technical knowledge.
Council is developing a range of floodplain risk management studies that will help us consider the consequences of living on flood prone land. The plans aim to minimise the losses to our community from flooding.
A flood study is a technical project that identifies flood behaviour such as depth, velocity and extent across the floodplain. It includes using historical data from past flood events to calibrate a model that will estimate flood risk from a range of rainfall events.
Preparing a flood study is the first step in the floodplain risk management process outlined in the NSW Floodplain Development Manual 2005.
A flood study does not propose any actions to manage flood behaviour. This occurs in the Flood Risk Management Study and Flood Risk Management Plan stages of the process.
Studies in progress
- Batemans Bay Urban Creek Flood Study.
- Narooma Coastal Inlets Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.