Flood warning for Perth


Perth should prepare for the possibility of a significant flood.
Perth should prepare for the possibility of a significant flood.

IS Perth prepared for a significant flood event?

Over the years, Perth and riverside suburbs have had severe flooding, with the Causeway under two metres of water, several road and rail bridges washed away, houses and farms destroyed with a downpour of only 100mm of rain in 48 hours, which caused the Swan River to rise six metres.

What happens when we get 300mm in 24 hours like regional NSW, or 225mm in Sydney?

The recent flooding in South Australia was only about 100mm in 24 hours.

With urban infill and councils like Bassendean trying to rezone our reserves and parks from ‘parks and recreational’ to ‘residential’, where is all this water going to go?

In recent years, this council even attempted to rezone parts of Bindaring Park Wetlands in the Riverina floodplain to residential.

Climatologists predict weather extremes will grow increasingly extreme with bigger and more severe storm events occurring more regularly.

I think it’s time local councils were a lot more proactive with the imminent threat of severe flooding.

GERRY COLEMAN, Bassendean.