That?s NOT a flood
BROADBEACH-based councillor Eddy Sarroff has slated recent claims that last week's rain was a one-in-1000 year deluge as misleading and mischievous.
"There was no precedent to measure such an absurd claim," he said.
Cr Sarroff said council's hydraulic engineers had described the rains' ferocity as a one-in-20 year record.
He said a number of residents had queried the one-in-1000 year reports and had requested clarification to end their confusion.
Cr Sarroff said the rain which mainly deluged the coast last Wednesday and early Thursday fell in pockets with areas recording vastly different measurements.
"Also the recent downpour cannot be compared to the 1974 floods which resulted from heavy rain over a number of days," he said.
"But what it did prove beyond all doubt was that the raising of the Hinze Dam for flood mitigation and water storage ought to be rated a priority ahead of a new pipeline to widen Wivenhoe Dam which was dropping in capacity.
"If last week's rain had fallen when the Hinze Dam was nearly full, a huge area of the Gold Coast from Nerang floodplain to Burleigh would have flooded.
"Hinze Dam must be our main concern, there is no longer a guarantee that Wivenhoe would have water to spare," he said.