WITH the flick of a switch, engineers have said good riddance to nuisance flooding in Yoogali.
Twenty-seven years after the idea was first proposed, a new stormwater pump station at the end of Edon Street has been installed to manage one-in-20-year floods.
The pump does not have the capacity to cope with the downpour that submerged Yoogali two years ago.
Instead, the $153,000 pump system was funded by council to reduce the impacts of frequently occurring nuisance flooding inconveniencing residents.
“Up to half a dozen times a year parents have to pick their kids up from school in 20 centimetres of water, so this pump will make a real difference in the lives of locals,” Yoogali resident Michael Fisher said.
“We realise this isn’t going to stop a one-in-100-year event like the 2012 floods, but it is more than a good start in addressing the nuisance flooding.”
Mayor John Dal Broi said the project was first proposed in 1986 and he was thrilled it was finally operational and on budget.
“Obviously this pump has been a long time coming, in fact two years ago after the flood I had to ask where the pump was because I thought it had been signed off on years ago,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“Once we realised the need for it, council went ahead and funded the pump without waiting for financial support from the state or federal governments because we didn’t want Yoogali to suffer through any more flooding.
“I hate blowing budgets, which is why I am so impressed with the staff responsible for getting it done with the funds available.
“It’s good to see the residents happy and there’s a lot more to do but it’s a good start.”
Council also splashed $70,000 on new pipes and stormwater inlet pits extending up to St Mary’s school to drain slow moving surface water.