"Timing of rainfall events may not always align with maintenance schedules."
This is the response Griffith City Council gave The Area News when they were sent photos of Yenda streets swamped with water from the weekend's rainfall.
The feeling of happiness at rain was short-lived for Yenda residents Gladys Cannard and Chris Leaver, who saw the water rising rapidly up their street.
Left with a bad taste in their mouths, they were sent straight back to the traumatic flood events of 2012.
"It's been said again and again that Yenda will never flood again," Ms Cannard said.
"But seeing the water like this, I am now extremely concerned. If we had gotten any more rain we would've been in real trouble."
But seeing the water like this, I am now extremely concerned. If we had gotten any more rain we would've been in real trouble.Gladys Cannard
A total of 37 millimetres fell on Saturday and Sunday, and while it was nothing people would turn their nose up, but enough to trouble the blocked drains.
She said council had done a lot of work on the other side of town, yet haven't maintained their drains "in quite some time".
"I don't want to see another 2012," Ms Leaver said.
Griffith City Council's utilities director Graham Gordon acknowledged that upgrades to stormwater drainage system in Yenda is "still under development".
"Stage one stormwater drainage was installed and became operational in the Yenda shopping precinct in 2013," Mr Gordon said.
He said future improvements to the Yenda stormwater system have been identified in these stages.
While not outlining any timelines on the completion, he said more "will be constructed when funding is available".
"These [improvements] include the installation of a pump and associated pipe network in Park Street to drain a known problematic area, as after rainfall events, ponding is visible in this area."
He outlined council has an annual stormwater drainage maintenance program which is conducted over all urban areas including the villages and Griffith.
With extremely dry conditions leading up to this rainfall event, there was minimal runoff into the Mirrool Creek catchment, and therefore the East Mirrool Regulator floodgates were not required to be activated.
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