Richard Tomkin shows a section of Manns Road, Emu Park, that has been washed away with the rain.
Richard Tomkin shows a section of Manns Road, Emu Park, that has been washed away with the rain. Nikita Watts

Storm damage at Emu Park

SUNDAY night’s downpour destroyed sections of Manns Road at Emu Park, but resident Richard Tomkin says it could have been prevented.

He says there is now a safety hazard.

Sections of the dirt road were washed away, a grating is gone and motorists have to drive over an exposed concrete pipe.

However, Richard said the damage might have been avoided.

He said he had asked the council to have the culverts cleaned on either side of the road in August last year and again in January because they were blocked.

“The road was graded in December, but nothing was done on the culverts,” he said.

“We got 176 mm of rain last night and had the culverts been cleaned the damage to the road would have been minor.

“This morning there was so much water on the road, but there was nowhere for it to go.”

He said the culverts hadn’t been cleared since he moved to the area 20 years ago.

“We have been neglected for 20 years. It’s so darn frustrating. If we have any rain tonight it will wash out the road completely,” he said.

Richard called the council for urgent help and yesterday signage and traffic cones warned drivers about the areas most affected.

Mayor Brad Carter yesterday said he had spoken with Richard in the afternoon and promised chief executive Alistair Dawson would investigate his complaint.



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