Updated Rochester Flood Study Set To Begin

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Campaspe Shire Council is about to commence updating the Rochester Flood Study. Campaspe Shire Mayor Rob Amos said Council will conduct a thorough flood study of the Rochester area, including reviewing previously considered mitigation options.

“We have seen the devastation from the October 2022 and more recently the January 2024 flooding events, and we continue to support the Rochester community in recovery.

“We want to ensure that we carefully and thoroughly examine the best options available to mitigate floods for this community,” Mayor Amos added.

The funding for the study was secured through a Victorian Government initiative to support councils to fast-track more flood studies so that communities are best prepared for future floods.

The updated flood study will also consider the recently completed Lake Eppalock technical assessment and the potential benefits for Rochester.

The updated flood study will be expanded to encompass the Campaspe River downstream of Lake Eppalock to the Murray River, including the flood breakout flows that occur along its length such as occurred in October 2022 affecting areas such Nanneella, Strathallan and Bamawm.

“Our teams will be undertaking extensive community consultation in the process of completing this study and will pursue a balanced approach to assessing possible mitigation methods that arise from this new study.

“We are very open minded to all potential mitigation options,” Mayor Amos said.

To keep updated on the project, visit the Works & Projects page on Council’s website.

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