New river and rainfall gauges providing Wollombi with vital data
The first data has been recorded via the new rainfall and river gauges installed in Wollombi Brook catchment. The gauges form part of the $240,000 Wollombi Flood Warning System project funded under 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.
While the warning system is not yet finalised, the data from the rainfall gauges is being recorded and is accessible online to keep residents informed about catchment rainfall and water levels at Laguna, Millfield and Wollombi.
Singleton Council is jointly funding operation and maintenance costs for the benefit of residents at Bulga and Broke. Cessnock City Council’s Infrastructure Manager, Katrina Kerr said this is great progress and will enable residents to be more informed.
“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.”
“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.
Residents can track the levels via visiting www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/greatersydney.shtml.