Sandbags will be replaced by a permanent repair to the Parfitt Road Levee over the next fortnight.
A leak developed in the levee during the October 2016 flood event, causing the evacuation of the Parfitt Road area and the mobilisation of Council staff and volunteers from the CFA and SES.
“Temporary repairs included sandbagging, blocking the drainage pipe and using a portable pump to deal with local storm water until the main pump could be cleaned and returned to service,” Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Alan Clark said.
“Permanent repairs to be carried out over the next fortnight include removing and replacing the failed drainage pipe, encasing the new drainage pipe in concrete, installing vertical sand filters within the bank and reinstating the bike path.”
Preparation work will commence on site this week, ahead of the civil works next week.
Detours for a small section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail will be in place during this time.
The works had been planned to take place when there was a very low risk of major flood occurring.
Works taking place this fortnight cost $35,238 ex GST, while the site investigation and design costs were $31,809.44 ex GST.
Council is seeking to be re-imbursed for this work under the terms of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
In addition to these works Council has approved an investigation on the status of the flood pump network which will include pump replacements and upgrades as required.
Two new pumps have recently been installed. One of these pumps is at Thomas Street on the Wilson Road levee system and the other is off Newman Street.