Bakers Road basin ready for wet

COFFS Harbour’s Bakers Road retention basin is waiting for its first test.

Coffs Harbour City Council’s director of city services, Ben Lawson said there had not yet been enough prolonged heavy rain to significantly fill the basin.

He said the smaller basins were working well.

“Council’s drainage maintenance staff monitors the detention basins; they check them during events to make sure they are functioning and after events to clear away any debris that may have accumulated.

“Council’s flooding and drainage engineer also monitors basins during and after heavy rainfall events.

“The Ann Street/Marcia Street detention basin has detained runoff in the heavier rainfall events since it has been completed.

“It appears to have reduced the occurrence of flooding at the Marcia Street/Pacific Highway intersection, with council unaware of any flooding having occurred there recently.”

Local residents have levied criticism at the council for the flood structure in Gosling Close, but Mr Lawson said the Gosling Close work was not a detention basin but a levee to divert water, reducing runoff down Hannaford Place.

Kulbir Singh Atwal, who watched floodwater spread to his mailbox at his Gosling Place home in 2009, said council was doing its best. Flood had washed down trees, banana stools and banana props from the hills behind and even a footbridge, Mr Atwal said.

Since then the council had cleaned out the creek, killed camphor laurel trees and was replanting native species along the creek.

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