Smiths Lake Levels Rise, Flooding Concerns Prompt Council Monitoring

MidCoast Council is monitoring Smiths Lake's rising water levels, which have reached 1.74 meters above mean sea level, and may need to be manually opened to prevent flooding. The council is prepared to take action if levels reach 2.10 meters, with wet weather forecasted in the coming months.

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Smiths Lake Levels Rise, Flooding Concerns Prompt Council Monitoring

Smiths Lake Levels Rise, Flooding Concerns Prompt Council Monitoring

MidCoast Council is closely monitoring water levels at Smiths Lake, which have risen to 1.74 meters above mean sea level as of Tuesday, May 14, 2024. The lake, an Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon that naturally opens to the ocean in response to high water levels, may need to be manually opened by the council if levels reach 2.10 meters to prevent minor flooding of property and roads.

Why this matters: The potential flooding of Smiths Lake highlights the importance of proactive measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly in coastal regions. Effective management of water levels and lake openings can prevent property damage, protect ecosystems, and ensure public safety.

According to Gerard Tuckerman, Council's Manager Natural Systems, "We monitor the Lake levels and weather forecast closely once the water level approaches the trigger for opening." Although current predicted weather conditions do not warrant an opening, Tuckerman notes that "with wet weather probable in the coming months, it is very likely that an opening will be required in the near future."

The high water levels at Smiths Lake are attributed to significant rainfall experienced in the region over the past few weeks. When the council determines an opening is necessary, it is done in an environmentally sensitive manner to prevent flooding while minimizing impacts on the lake's ecosystem.

Residents and visitors to Smiths Lake are encouraged to stay informed about water levels and potential lake openings by monitoring the council's website. The council also advises removing any vessels from the lake prior to an opening to avoid them becoming stranded. Real-time data on Smiths Lake water levels is available to the public on the NSW Government website.

As water levels at Smiths Lake continue to approach the 2.10-meter trigger point, the MidCoast Council remains vigilant in its monitoring efforts. With more wet weather anticipated in the coming months, the likelihood of the council needing to open the lake to the ocean to prevent flooding appears high. Residents and visitors should stay alert for updates from the council regarding any potential lake opening actions.

Key Takeaways

  • Smiths Lake water levels reach 1.74m above mean sea level, nearing 2.10m trigger point.
  • Council may manually open lake to ocean to prevent minor flooding and property damage.
  • High water levels attributed to significant rainfall in the region over the past few weeks.
  • Council monitors lake levels and weather forecast closely to determine opening necessity.
  • Residents and visitors advised to stay informed and remove vessels from lake prior to opening.