Flood Management Studies
Council is having an ongoing conversation with the community about our future as a community on a floodplain, and you can take part at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/FloodFutures.
Since early white settlement the Murrumbidgee River has flooded on a number of occasions causing flood damage and inconvenience to the development in the flood plains.
Wagga Wagga City Council has undertaken a number of studies into the flooding of the Murrumbidgee River, and how to manage the risk it poses to the City. These are accessible below. Council has also prepared modelling for a variety of flood scenarios.
History of Floods in Wagga
Since the first rural settlement in the early 1840s there have been 77 floods of over 8.23m. Official records of River heights since 1891 read at the Hampden Bridge gauge are available and estimated records are available of rivers over 8.23m since 1844. Flooding of the City area in the south flood plain was frequent and to a lesser extent flooding occurred in the North Wagga Wagga village.
There have been years of frequent floods, i.e. in one year 1974 Wagga Wagga had five floods all over 8.92 m and there was severe flooding in the 1950 to 1956 period. In other long periods 1939 to 1949 and 1960 to 1970 no floods occurred. Significant floods have occurred in Wagga Wagga in 1852, 1853, 1870, 1891, 1925, 1950, 1952, 1974, 1991 and 2012 with the largest recorded flood of 10.97 metres occurring in 1844. There have been two floods greater than the 1974 flood. You can view a complete list of flood years and heights here.
2012 Wagga Wagga Local Government Area Flood Study - Final Report January 2012
2011 Wagga Wagga Major Overland Flow Flood Study (MOFFS) - Final Report August 2011
2011 Oura to Braehour Flood Model Extension
2010 Murrumbidgee River Model Conversion Project
2009 Floodplain Risk Management Plan documentation
2009 Floodplain Risk Management Study documentation
2004 Flood Study documentation