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The Bega Valley Shire Council said work underway to improve drainage at Merimbula on the New South Wales far south coast may not have prevented flash flooding earlier this week. Heavy rain caused floods that covered the town's main street by up to 10cm on Tuesday. Pambula Hospital patients were moved to Bega after the roof began leaking and the town's St Vincent de Paul store remains closed due to storm damage. The council's manager for transport and utilities, Wayne Sartori, said the Merimbula bypass project included significant drainage works, but it was difficult to say whether the upgrade was enough to prevent flooding. ''While we have yet to analyse that data, the intensity of that storm may well have been beyond what is a normal design capacity for stormwater drainage,'' he said. ''You'd appreciate you design to a particular level that is required to suit a 5 per cent or 10 per cent or 20 per cent storm. ''The intensity of that event that occurred the other night may well have exceeded that design capacity.'' Mr Sartori said the rain was torrential and beyond a normal fall. ''Large thunder bursts that like that where you have very high intensity over a short period of time you know it's very, very difficult to design for and in fact very expensive to design for,'' he said. ''And even then you've got the potential for very large storms that exceed even that capacity.” ABC News

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