Funding flows for stormwater flood mitigation project
Published: 22 Apr 2022 1:43pm
Around 30 properties in Wagga Wagga’s Wiradjuri Estate will be further protected from stormwater flooding through a project jointly funded by the Federal Government and Wagga Wagga City Council.
Council was successful in its application for Federal funding to assist with the $462,000 stormwater flood mitigation project in the Incarnie Crescent area.
Project Manager Andrew Mason said the project was a recommendation from Council’s Major Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.
“This project aims to reduce flooding in the Incarnie Crescent area resulting from overland flow flooding caused by intense rainfall events,” Mr Mason said.
“It will supplement existing drainage by putting in extra drainage lines to move water from the low-lying area into another floodgate to create space in the floodgate where the pumps are located.
“This is expected to significantly reduce the amount of in-street and over-footpath flooding and reduce the risk of over-floor flooding in an overland flow event.”
Member for Riverina Michael McCormack MP said the Federal funding was provided through $150 million Preparing Australia Communities Program – Local Stream was established to fund local projects to improve natural disaster resilience of communities.
“The Federal Government is contributing $231,000 towards this important project which will alleviate stormwater flooding for homes in the Wiradjuri Estate in Wagga Wagga,” Mr McCormack said.
“This is the first tranche of the Federal Government’s investment of $600 million over six years to build the nation’s resilience to natural disasters."
The additional drainage will be built along the existing footpath in Incarnie Crescent.
Mr Mason said while there will be some impacts on residents during the construction phase, Council will work with residents to ensure they can maintain access to their homes.
It is expected the project would be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.
For more information about the Major Overland Flow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, visit wagga.nsw.gov.au/moffs