Griffith City Council working to enact flood protocols

Griffith Town Council is working closely with all relevant agencies to manage impacts to the drainage system in and around Griffith and the villages within the Griffith Local Government Area (LGA).

Griffith Mayor Doug Curran reassured residents today that “Council has protocols in place to manage water flows from the Mirrool Creek drainage system within Griffith LGA. The Council works with all relevant agencies and initiates these protocols as needed. »

“The heavy rains we have experienced have not been as severe in the upper watershed of the Mirrool Creek system. This has helped the Board and agencies better manage stormwater flows through the system,” said said Councilman Curran.

“Relevant agencies meet regularly to monitor the situation and manage the water flow. To that end, this afternoon a decision was taken by the NSW SES to order Murrumbidgee Irrigation to undertake a controlled breach of Barren Box infrastructure,”

Mayor Curran explained that this action will direct flows downward through an additional outlet channel across Bringagee Road into the lower western floodplain watershed.

“This will allow the excess water currently in the Griffith LGA drainage system to flow more freely to the west. This will help lower the main drainage system (main drain J), providing further relief to Hanwood and other affected drainage systems,” he said.

“Agencies are warned to quickly adopt protocols if there is more rainfall than expected in our catchment.”

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