Funds for flood valves along Lakes Creek Rd committed
A FEW hundred properties on Rockhampton's Northside could begin to see an improvement in flooding from this year.
In this week's budget, Rockhampton Regional Council committed the money to begin installing flood valves on stormwater pipes at Lakes Creek Road in a plan which will effectively turn the Railway line into a levee bank.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said the work would be staged over the next four or five years subject to final design from the consultants.
"We have just received mapping from the hydrologists which shows what the flood valves can do to give protection from a 9.5 m flood for a significant section of North Rockhampton."
Mayor Strelow said the idea of installing the valves was first suggested in the 1992 flood study.
"Now that we see what it delivers and how economically, I am sorry that it wasn't done years ago.
"The area closest to Musgrave Street is relatively straightforward but the consultants tell us that it will be more expensive and more difficult to flood proof the creek crossings."
Mayor Strelow said the commitment to installing the valves on the Northside of the city will continue irrespective of the success of the South Rockhampton Flood Levee bid.
"We are able to fund this ourselves so we are not dependent on Federal Government funding."
Council engaged consulting firm AECOM to look at possible solutions to the flooding that occurs on the northside of Rockhampton, asking them to design flood valves and to investigate other options in an attempt to stop the flooding in those areas that is caused by the back-up of the drains.