Council joins forces to investigate Kin Kin damage
  • Monday 27 April 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the State Government will join forces to investigate damage caused by the recent deluge in Kin Kin.

Mayor Bob Abbot accompanied Premier Anna Bligh on a tour of the district earlier this month, after the town was isolated for the second time in less than a fortnight by flooding rain.

In a letter to the Mayor soon after her visit, Ms Bligh she had been saddened by the devastation and would like to extend her sympathies to the residents of Kin Kin.

The Premier said she had asked the Department of Environment and Resource Management to work with Council to determine whether in addition to flooding, there had been further damage caused by hillside runoff.

Mayor Bob Abbot said Council was continuing its work in the field in an effort to gather as much information as possible about the flood event and he welcomed the Government’s offer of expert assistance.

“The downpour they experienced in the Noosa hinterland in early April was quite an extraordinary event,” Cr Abbot said.

“Some areas had more than 600mm of rain in about five hours and residents had very little warning and no time to prepare.

“Then to experience a second downpour – albeit not as heavy as the first but in an area where they were still mopping up and the ground was still sodden – was quite unbelievable and extremely unlucky.

“We are keen to gather as much information as we can about the impact and look at how we can prepare for these events in future and in particular, warn residents if there’s a severe weather event heading their way.”

Council officers from the Integrated Water Management Team have recently spent two days in the field making observations and marking evidence of peak flood levels around road crossings in the areas hardest hit.

Further field work is scheduled for next week and council has spoken to the Department of Resource Management about the possibility of conducting a joint review of flood monitoring stations.

Council has also suggested the results of that review could lead to a recommendation for the development of an automated flood warning system.