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Warracknabeal, watch out for the one in 200 hundred year floods

Warracknabeal is small town in Victoria that is situated 330 kms North West of Melbourne and 58 kms North of Horsham. It only has a population of approximately 2500 people. I was reading a post the other day by a journalist stating that the recent floods were expected to reach a 1 in 200 years flood peak level, this peak would threaten 140 of the houses in the little town. Why is it that I hear this term thrown around more and more these days “one in one hundred year floods” “one in two hundred year floods”. Does anybody reading this think that it is possible that it will be the year 2200 before we see another one this high. How many times have you heard it said in the last 10 years. I think it is a term used very loosely and it should just be replaced with “damn high flood levels that are damaging and dangerous”. Its more accurate and cuts to the chase.

Posted by Corey Smith

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