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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.
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. 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, ie. 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.