Friday, March 1, 2013

Flood lessons being ‘ignored’

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Lives and property are being put at risk because governments are ignoring the lessons of the past, a floodplain management professional has claimed.
It is 58 years since the 1955 flood that devastated Maitland, claiming 14 lives, inundating 5200 homes and causing damage worth more than $2 billion in today’s terms.
Floodplain Management Association chairman Ian Dinham said the government of the day was “very proactive” in constructing the Lower Hunter Flood Mitigation Scheme in the wake of that disaster.

Full article by Michelle Meehan available at Maitland Mercury,