Funding for Lorn flood evacuation route study
Maitland City Council has been awarded a $100,000 NSW Government grant to conduct a flood evacuation route study in Central Maitland and Lorn.
The study will look at the potential for a high-level route out of the area which, if feasible, would reduce the demand on the State Emergency Service and exposure to hazardous flood water.
“We recently saw major storms and flash flooding across NSW, so it’s never been more important for the community to be as prepared as possible,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“This project could make an enormous difference to the safety and security of the community should the worst happen, and a major flood affect these neighbourhoods.”
Maitland mayor Loretta Baker welcomed the funding and said that an evacuation route was also needed in order to grow the inner city.
The last large evacuation of the Central Maitland area occurred during the June 2007 superstorm when the Hunter River was expected to peak at 11.4 metres, above the major flood level of 10.7 metres. Many residents chose to stay behind and the water level did not surpass the levee.