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Share your Mitchell River flood stories

Sunday 12 November

Information from locals on the Mitchell River’s flood behaviour will be integral to a flood mapping project currently underway.


Agencies including East Gippsland Shire Council, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, and the State Emergency Service are part of the project that will study the Mitchell River between Glenaladale and Jones Bay.


The project will investigate a range of flood magnitudes, from the river being ‘full’ to extreme floods. Council is asking community members to submit their flood stories as sharing information on where and when flooding occurred will play an important role in ensuring the flood maps accurately reflect the river’s flood behaviour.


Council is looking for flood photos, videos, annotated maps, and stories of past floods. If possible, the information should include dates, times and locations, with detailed descriptions of your observations.


The flood maps will be used to improve land use planning, emergency planning, and community preparation for floods. The study will also inform the development of a rehabilitation plan for the lower Mitchell River, which aims to increase the valley’s resilience to flooding. 


Information on Mitchell River floods can be submitted to council by email to feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au, online at the project's Your Say East Gippsland page or in person at the Bairnsdale Business Centre, 34 Pyke Street.


Two public meetings will be held during the project to present draft and final outcomes.


The project has been funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Regional Flood Mapping Program managed by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.


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