Community resilience portfolio councillor Rolf Light checks the interactive flood maps on the council website.
Community resilience portfolio councillor Rolf Light checks the interactive flood maps on the council website. Contributed

Interactive maps can help residents prepare for floods

COUNCILLOR Rolf Light has reminded residents they can see interactive flood maps for Maryborough and surrounds online.

The maps, on the disaster management page of the council's website, showed the potential extent of flooding based on half-metre increments, the community resilience portfolio councillor said.

"People can view the interactive map or download maps to keep a copy on their computer at home or print copies at home.

"The information helps residents to prepare for a flood because they can see if their property is likely to be affected.

"The maps only indicate that water will come into the yard, and do not indicate the depth of the water.

"They do not take into account whether there are sheds or highset or lowset homes on the property - only that there is a potential for water to cover the ground.

"Once warned, property owners will be able to take action and move property to higher ground.

"They are a warning and guide so residents can see if there is a likelihood that their property is going to be inundated and they should take action.

"Residents should also remember that each flood is different so they should keep an eye on information as it is broadcast during an event."

The flood heights are based on the official Bureau of Meteorology gauge in McAlister St, beside the Mary River behind the Bond Store Museum.

"When council broadcasts a predicted flood height it is based on how high the river is anticipated to reach at the McAlister St gauge which determines how far the water will spread into gullies and low spots."

Using the interactive mapping tool, residents can see how the floodwater will spread according to the various flood heights which are overlayed on each other.

Cr Light said the flood maps were useful during the 2012 and 2013 events.

"After floods in 2011, 12 and 13 staff checked the actual height the floodwaters reached at many locations around the city to check that the information in the maps was accurate," he said

Tips on how to prepare for storms, cyclones and floods are also available on the disaster management page of the council's website http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-management or the Get Ready Queensland page on the State Government's emergency management website www.disaster.qld.gov.au/getready

Residents can also follow emergency updates and information on Council's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FCRCdisaster.