Those living and working in flood-prone businesses and
households will be reminded of the risk this week when staff
from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago
Regional Council start their annual flood awareness campaign.
Their annual walkabout, on Thursday, is in its third year and
evolved from the two councils developing a joint flood risk
management strategy for Lake Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka in
People would be reminded of what information was available to
help prepare for and respond to a flood.
Otago Regional Council director of environmental engineering
and natural hazards, Dr Gavin Palmer, said the walkabout was
timed to coincide with the potential flood season.
"It's an opportunity for us to update our contact databases,
promote the ability of property owners and businesses to
self-monitor lake levels through the Otago Regional Council
website, and to remind businesses to clean out grease traps,
dust off their flood plans and be ready to respond
proactively when floods threaten," he said.
In 1999, communities around Lake Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka
experienced their second-most severe flood.
"We want to help the communities to be ready to manage the
exposure to flood risk rather than try and avoid or limit
these risks through engineered alteration of the physical
The walkabout, in the flood-prone zones of the Queenstown and
Wanaka central business districts, is part of the Learning to
Live with Flooding: Flood Risk Management Strategy.
The council's emergency management officer, Jon Mitchell,
will visit Glenorchy and Kingston to deliver information.