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Why is this important?

For most people who live through a flood, normal life is put on hold. Homes and businesses are damaged. Services such as clean water and electricity use are disrupted.

In recent decades, significant floods occurred in Parramatta in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 2015. In the worst possible flood up to 20% of our areas could be covered in floodwaters.

The Parramatta CBD is the most flash flood affected major CBD in Australia, at worst case with only minutes warning of a forthcoming flood. This limits emergency response time and the ability to protect our homes and communities.

To help respond to the growing population and the limitations of our City environment, we need to increase our capacity to deal with flood events. By doing so we can create a more resilient community, one where our residents bounce back to normal life faster, at home and at work.


Minimise the impact of flooding on the community

What we’re already doing

  • Drainage works, maintenance and upgrades are undertaken to manage local overland flooding
  • Developing a Local Government Area- wide flood model for the Parramatta Rive to help us understand flood risk and make effective planning decisions
  • Updating our Flood Management Plans in accordance with NSW government regulations
  • Initiated the development of a Flood Information System Hub (FISH) providing real time flood information
  • Maintain a range of flood detection and defence structures aimed at reducing flood risk
  • Undertaken a flood evacuation assessment for the Parramatta CBD

Coordinating a Flood Plan Risk Management Committee, to review all flood planning and projects across the Council area

Our Actions (1-4 years)

  • Complete the Parramatta River Flood Modelling and Risk Management Plan, including mainstream and overland flows
  • Launch Flood Information System Hub (FISH), including a public warning service and access to river and rain gage information
  • Continue to improve our drainage network
  • Develop community engagement and awareness on how to identify and respond to flood risks
  • Work with partners including Sydney Water, Bureau of Metrology, Local Lands Services and State Emergency Service around flood management and evacuation
  • Update the planning controls to appropriately manage flood risks as the City grows
  • Continue to coordinate the Parramatta River Floodplain Risk Management Committee

For more information

Contact the Environmental Outcomes Team on:

Phone: (02) 9806 5620