Wollombi Flood Warning in Place

Filed under Alert & Warning, Cessnock LGA, Singleton LGA, Water, Weather ~ by Press on  12 Feb 2020

The first data has been recorded by new rainfall and river gauges installed in Wollombi Brook catchment.

They are part of the Wollombi Flood Warning System and NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Floodplain Management Program.

The flood warning system when finalised will provide flood warning alerts to residents about minor, moderate and major flood risks at Wollombi.

Residents can track the levels at the Bureau of Meteorology’s website. Select River Conditions button above map.

While the warning system is not yet ready, the data from the rainfall gauges is being recorded and is accessible online, providing rainfall and water levels at Laguna, Millfield and Wollombi.

Singleton Council is jointly funding operation and maintenance costs for residents at Bulga and Broke.

This information enables residents to make decisions during a storm event to stay safe. Previously this information was not available and it’s fantastic we can now provide accurate data to the community in the upper Wollombi Brook and Congewai Creek catchments,” said Cessnock City Council’s Infrastructure Manager, Katrina Kerr.

Once the Flood Warning System is completed, the system will provide timely flood warnings for emergency services, the local community and visitors not only to Wollombi but provide more accurate flood warnings for communities in the lower reaches of the Brook in Bulga and Broke.” 

Singleton Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Services Group, Mark Ihlein said the system would be vital to residents on the Singleton side of the border who were susceptible to flooding.

While conditions may be dry, we’ve seen only over the weekend how quickly torrential rain events can occur and the potential flood risks for residents,” he said.

Singleton has been very happy to work in partnership with our neighbours at Cessnock on this important project for the safety of our communities.”

This project is an action out of Council’s Wollombi Valley Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan 2012.

In 2016 Council received a NSW Floodplain Management grant for the design of a flood warning system for the benefit of Wollombi and upstream catchments.  Singleton Council is jointly funding operation and maintenance costs.

the $240,000 Wollombi Flood Warning System project funded under NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Floodplain Management Program.  

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