Illawarra Mercury warns Wollongong

Today’s Illawarra Mercury adds a local touch to current flood stories. You may laugh and say this amounts to WOLLONGONG NOT FLOODED! but I think they are making a fair point. After all, it has happened, even if in 1998, and La Nina will be with us for a while yet. So it could happen again.

If floodwaters were to inundate the Illawarra today, some of the region’s most vulnerable areas would only be marginally better placed than they were during the 1998 flood disaster, outcomes based on a recent report suggest.

And although the 2010 report recommended $25 million be spent to address the problems, not one of the measures has been implemented.

The Wollongong City Council report outlined several areas at risk of flooding in its Fairy Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek flood plain risk management study, which was based on the 1998 and 1984 disasters…

The Fairy Creek and Cabbage Tree flood plain covers 10 suburbs from Towradgi and Fairy Meadow to North Wollongong and Keiraville.

Up to 7000 people live in the 20sqkm catchment in almost 3000 dwellings…

On 1998 see Illawarra Flash Flood Event – August 1998.