The flood risk to your property
  • Monday 16 April 2012

Sunshine Coast Council can help you find information about the flood risk to your property.

Manager Infrastructure Policy Nick Cooney said having a flood resilient community is a priority for council.

"Some flood risk information is readily available from council’s website under flood maps," Mr Cooney said.

"The on-line flood maps show the modelled extent of flooding associated with river, creek and storm tides.

"Council can provide even more detailed information about flood depth and historic flood levels by issuing a Flood Search Certificate.

"You might be about to purchase or build a home, or, you might own a home and would like to have a better understanding of its susceptibility to flooding."

"A Flood Search Certificate costs $86 and can save people thousands of dollars as it identifies the level of flood inundation that a property is susceptible to for a defined event.

costs$86 and can save people thousands of dollars as it identifies the level of flood inundation that a property is susceptible to for a defined event.

"That means property owners can make well informed decisions about being flood prepared on their property.

"An understanding of the flooding susceptibility of a property can assist with planning when making renovations or for being prepared for isolation due to flooding.

"Understanding flood risk can also assist with recovery after flooding has occurred."

Mr Cooney said it takes approximately 5 days to complete a Flood Search Certificate although complex searches can take a little longer."The certificate examines the computer-modelled 1 in 100 probability flood information that has been undertaken either by council’s hydrologists or provided to council from developers through the development assessment process," he said.

"Additional information that is supplied on the Flood Search Certificate includes known historic flood records that are relevant to the property and the required minimum habitable floor level.

"The certificate search also identifies if the property is in a drainage deficient area or within a flood regulation line."

Mr Cooney said council surveyors have almost completed taking measurements of the flood heights from the recent flooding events that occurred in February and March.

"These flood heights will be recorded in council’s flood database later in the year and will be used for reporting on Flood Search Certificates."

Application forms for a flood search are available on council’s website or to find out more, contact council on 5475 7272.