Please see below to read a bulletin sent to residents in Berriedale regarding recent flooding in the suburb.
We hope this message finds you safe and well. We want to acknowledge the pain and distress caused by the recent rainfall events in our community. The heavy downpours in May 2022 and February 2023 have left some of us with damaged homes, disrupted schedules, and significant emotional stress.
We understand how challenging this situation has been for you and your families. Please know that we have been listening and taking your concerns seriously.
We are working tirelessly to assess the damage caused by the rainfall events. We have deployed additional resources to the affected areas to help clear debris, fix damaged infrastructure and investigate network upgrades.
In the coming months, we will continue to plan and implement upgrades to the stormwater network to try and reduce the frequency and severity of flooding in the area. Council has prioritised these works and is spending 70% of its 2023-2024 stormwater capital budget on flood mitigation projects.
Some of this work has already commenced with the upgrading of the stormwater pits at the corner of Kilander Crescent and Marys Hope Road.
Other projects to be completed in the area include:
- Upgrades to the stormwater inlet at the top of Dooleys Avenue (to be completed this financial year).
- Upgrading the pits at the corner of Kilander Crescent and Chandos Drive (to be completed in 2023-2024 financial year).
- Sedimentation basin at the top of Redlands Drive (to be constructed in 2024-2045 financial year).
We will continue to keep you up to date as these projects progress.
Council has also undertaken detailed flood mapping for all of its urban catchments and we are currently finalising our Stormwater System Management Plan.
Please note that Council will not be able to entirely remove the flood risk from your area, however we should be able to improve it considerably. Council will continue to monitor intense rainfall events to understand the impacts on the local stormwater networks.
We recognise that the impact of this event goes beyond the physical damage caused. It can be mentally and emotionally exhausting to deal with the aftermath of such events. There are many mental health resources available to help you deal with these issues including:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours, 7days)
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Headspace: 1800 650 890
- Rural Alive and Well (RAW): 1300 4357 6283 (24 hours, 7 days)
Council has resources available on our website to help you understand the flood risk in your area and what this means for you. You can look up your property as well as access Frequently Asked Questions at the link below:
You can also view online maps of Council’s infrastructure: