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Flash flooding caused by stormwater runoff after severe storm events may cause property damage and hardship for many in our community. The emergency at the end of 2022 proves that we must prepare for changes in our climate, including an increase in flood events.
Council has undertaken studies that reveal that flash flooding leading to stormwater impact is most severe within the urban CBD, particularly in the business area of Currajong, Clarinda and Bogan Streets which can experience flooding up to 400mm’s in depth. Council’s modelling shows that our stormwater network cannot manage increased severe weather activity, due to old pipelines and sections needing replacing. Stormwater detention basins will help reduce stormwater volumes and resurfacing road intersections and improving gutters will increase stormwater capture.
From the first quarter of 2023 onwards, Council is undertaking a series of stormwater mitigation works to reduce main street flooding for Parkes. The first stage of works includes:
The works will be undertaken progressively to minimise impact and Council will provide regular updates as works commence construction.
The works are part of six projects funded by a $4,034,244 grant from the NSW Government's Resources for Regions program Round 9. Council will not increase water charges or rates to fund the project works.
The scope for this component of the project includes:
The extension of the existing diversion bund upstream of Spicer Oval to divert stormwater from the southern end of the sub-catchment to the north into the newly constructed detention basin.
Council is in contact with people who may be affected by the stormwater mitigation works. This includes, users of the Dog Park, neighboring properties, sporting clubs and informal park users, the caravan park and other community members using the facilities.