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Help paint an accurate picture of the flood event across Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council is encouraging residents to submit snapshots of the recent flood event, to help determine information including where the flood waters peaked, and how high they reached across the shire.

The information collected will form part of Council’s flood mark survey, which aims to investigate in more detail the impact and scope of the recent event.

 “On March 31 this year, we experienced a significant flood event.

“Now it is crucial we collect evidence from this day, to help factor this into future flood assessments for the shire,” Byron Shire Council Flood Engineer James Flockton said.

"This will also enable us to compare flood heights with our existing modelling and assist with the assessment of development applications in the future.

“The more accurate the data we gather now is, the better we can calibrate our future flood models.

“We will then be in a more informed position to predict flood levels we may experience in the future,” Mr Flockton said.

In coming weeks, surveyors will be out canvassing flood impacted areas for indicators of flood marks.

To assist Council with the collection of flood data, locals are encouraged to do the following:

If you know or can see somewhere that the flood peaked, please mark it with a marker (for example a pen, nail or paint).

Next, take a photo of the mark and email it to, with the following details:

  • The address of the mark, and or any specific details you can provide on the location
  • The accuracy of the mark (in your opinion).
  • The approximate time of the flood peak at that location (if you have this information).
  • Your contact details (Please advise if you do not wish to be contacted by Council.)
  • Please also advise whether the mark is in a public space or private property, as this will help our surveyors when verifying the data provided.

Peak flood marks from the 31st of March are the only levels required for this study.

If you provide permission for our surveyors to contact you, they will be in touch soon to arrange a date and time for inspection.

For more information on the Flood Survey email

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.