Flood frustration

Minor events causing some major angst in our city

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Painters Island Caravan Park owner Shane Downie is now dealing with his ninth flood in 32 months. PHOTOS: Shana Morgan

A ‘MINOR’ flood has caused major issues in Wangaratta – again.

Painters Island Caravan Park flooded for the ninth time in three years and three people even needed to be rescued by the State Emergency Service on Monday morning.

Adding to the issue, thousands of drivers were left frustrated when they had to be diverted around the Rowan Street underpass on Monday morning, due to flooding.

A combined rainfall total of 37.6 millimetres in Wangaratta between Thursday and Sunday caused the Ovens River to peak at the minor flooding level of 12.33 metres.

The King Valley had even heavier falls from Thursday to Saturday, with over 100mm falling in multiple locations.

Caravan park manager, Shane Downie, has been the most frustrated by the flood event, and has again called for North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) to make a minor change to fix the levee system, which is frequently breached by flood waters.

He said raising the height of the levee from its current 12.05m to the moderate flood level of 12.4 would have saved the park from six of those nine floods.

“It’s sad that there’s a place in Victoria that will continue to flood during a minor flood,” he said.

-With Steven Burke

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