Moyne Shire's flood concerns

MOYNE Shire has raised questions over how the region’s authorities handle flooding rivers.

The Curdies River at Peterborough flooded in August last year, placing several homes in danger but the council has voiced some doubts over information sharing between agencies. 

Moyne Shire will tonight consider whether or not to write to river managers Parks Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) expressing concerns over the handling of the incident. 

Heavy rains pounded the river on the second week of August last year and with the estuary entrance blocked, river levels quickly rose, leading to emergency services sandbagging two homes in the township. 

Chief executive David Madden has already written to both agencies asking for an explanation over the incident. 

“This incident created considerable anxiety within the Peterborough community and within council,” Mr Madden said. 

“A significant factor that contributed to the flooding was the fact that the Curdies River estuary was blocked at the time of the rainfall event and the considerable delays on artificially clearing the sand and opening the river mouth.” 

The CCMA has told Moyne Shire that the entrance opening of the river did not work well and that there were “crossed wires” in communication. 

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