In addition to Cogs comment, “housing and landscaping reduces flooding”? I …

Comment on Kilgariff flood not as bad as it looks: Govt by Tarlyn.

In addition to Cogs comment, “housing and landscaping reduces flooding”?
I would have thought not exactly.
As houses get built the ground is capped off – stopping water from draining down into the ground.
Some natural landscaping including trees and rocks may absorb the water. However, in any flood water still needs to get away or soak down. If there are more houses and roads, the water has less chance to go down or move away.
Therefore housing and landscaping does not exactly reduce flooding.
Also, if this level of water was a result of a 1 in 5 year event, what happens if a 1 in 25 or 50 year event happens?
How will drainage cope? I note from the above article that as further stages of the development occurs so will the drainage, pushing the water out further away.
Pushing the water to where? The creek / river / neighbouring rural land?

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