South Australia's Department for Environment and Water (DEW) has recently updated its Flood Hazard Management information to include details for private dam maintenance, and management in a flooding emergency.
DEW is responsible for coordinating information about floods that enable emergency response agencies to plan and implement operational activities in the event of an emergency.
To find out your area's risk of flood you can now refer to the Flood Awareness Map. This map also allows you to access relevant flood information to inform you about flood risks, easily search for existing flood risks in your area, and obtain more information about flood risks in your area.
Private dam maintenance
There are more than 30,000 privately owned dams in SA, with many falling within the Adelaide Hills region, and some of these dams may pose a significant safety threat to downstream communities if they were to fail. Guidelines aimed at providing dam owners and emergency responders with more information about preventing and responding to such hazards have been recently developed for public use.
The following documents are available:
Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies fact sheet | provides a short overview of the issues, what to do and what not to do.
Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies | a comprehensive guideline to dam maintenance and management during emergencies.
A rapid risk assessment template | to assist dam owners to assess the risk of dam failure.
An emergency action plan flowchart | to assist dam owners determine the appropriate action to take in an emergency.
Click here to visit the DEW website and learn more about flood hazard management.