Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today launched new flood data on the ACTMAPi website aimed at advising Canberrans which areas are at risk from riverine floods.
“The ACTMAPi website shows the one-in-100-year flood level areas in the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“The flood data on the ACTMAPi website shows areas where there may be riverine flooding as a result of a major flood event that leads to the breaking of banks of a river or other similar large tributaries.”
Whilst most Canberra homes may not be subject to riverine flooding, people should not assume that they are not subject to any flood risk at all. They could still potentially be subject to flash flooding. This localised flooding occurs when heavy rain cannot drain away quicker than it falls.
“The Molonglo River is the most obvious risk of riverine flooding, should there be a one-in-100-year flood event with the river.
“As a well planned city, almost all homes in the ACT are built above the one-in-100-year flood level. The level of risk to Canberra residents from a riverine flooding event such as the Molonglo or another stream or tributary breaking its banks is very low.
“This new data will inform Canberrans on appropriate actions they can take such as obtaining home and contents insurance policies for their property.
“Ongoing work is being undertaken in relation to studies of other creeks outside the Molonglo River such as Sullivan’s Creek, Yarralumla Creek, Long Gully Creek, Weston Creek, Woolshed Creek, Tuggeranong Creek, Isabella Weir and Ginninderra Creek systems. As this information becomes available, it will be added to the ACTMAPi website towards the end of 2014.
I’d love to show you what it looks like but the whole thing doesn’t work on a mac (even the supposedly HTML5 links need silverlight)