Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

HIGH WATER MARK GETS GREEN LIGHT; Region Overdue for Mother of All Floods

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

HIGH WATER MARK GETS GREEN LIGHT; Region Overdue for Mother of All Floods

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Shelley Strachan

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shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

HUGE areas of Gympie will become an inland sea when the long-overdue 1 in 100 year flood finally hits, a new regional flood study has revealed.

The comprehensive study estimates where the flood will spread if the Mary River peaks at 25.22m at Kidd Bridge.

It also predicts what will happen to properties near streams, creeks and gullies in rural residential developments and towns.

The last review of flood lines 12 years ago raised Gympie's 1 in 100 line significantly, putting many new properties under water in a massive flood but the maps adopted this month have barely changed within Gympie.

It is a different situation near Goomeri, Kilkivan, Imbil, Widgee and the Cooloola Coast which, until now, have had no official flood lines to guide development.

Councillor Larry Friske, who holds the water portfolio, says there are ano great surprisesa from the study but some new home owners may be about to discover they have built below the flood line. …

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