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Launceston flood risk mitigation - June 2016 floods

TitleLaunceston flood risk mitigation - June 2016 floods
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMaqsood, T, Wehner, M, Mohanty, I, Corby, N, Edwards, M
Document Number257
Date Published10/2017
InstitutionBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
CityMelbourne
Report Number257
ISBN Number978-0-9941696-7-9
Abstract

With Launceston experiencing severe flooding in June 2016, this project reviewed the costs and benefits of mitigation work (upgraded levees) which began in 2010. Flood mitigation is an expensive exercise, and this research highlights the benefits through avoided impacts of the flood levee mitigation program, against the cost of construction.

Findings show that the upgrading of the levee system, completed in 2014, resulted in avoiding losses of about $216 million (had the pre-existing levees failed), which is approximately four times the total investment in the new levee system. This investment in building the new levee system was found to be a sound economic decision based on the estimated costs at the time of decision making, alongside improved estimates of benefits from this study. The actual benefits of these mitigation works to the community extend beyond the direct benefits as assessed in this project, to the intangible and indirect benefits that have not been included.

It was found that sea level rise scenarios would only have a limited impact on building losses. However, the combined impact of sea level rise and increased rainfall intensity due to climate change on the total losses may be significantly greater and could be further investigated.

The study assessed:

  • The avoided damage cost to Launceston in the June 2016 floods as a result of the new mitigation works.
  • The number of people displaced due to inundation of homes for flood events ranging from the 20 year Annual Recurrence Interval (ARI) up to the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) and the expected time for them to return before and after the new mitigation works.
  • Avoided residential and non-residential building damage for flood events ranging from the 20 year ARI up to the PMF due to the new mitigation works.
  • The long term cost to Launceston from flood hazard prior to the new mitigation works.
  • The long term cost to Launceston from flood hazard following the new mitigation works.
  • A CBA of the new flood mitigation investment.
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