Everglades catchment drain upgrade completed
Central Coast Council has completed an upgrade to the Everglades catchment drainage in Umina Beach.
Council director Mr Boris Bolgoff said the project would significantly reduce the risk of nuisance flooding in the area.
Mr Bolgoff said the completed works focussed on the section of drain that stretched from Carpenter St to Glenn St.
"The current stage of works represents a $490,000 investment by council and has focussed on the installation of the sediment pits.
"Stage one of the project represented a $500,000 investment and involved blockage removal from the open channel along Carpenter St and an upgrade of the drainage pipeline between the open channels to Carpenter St."
"The topography of this part of Umina Beach is very flat and has been prone to flooding which can limit access to properties," Mr Bolgoff said.
"Flooding is often caused by a build-up of sediment in the drainage system that causes blockages.
"Our solution to resolve this problem is to install specially designed sediment pits to contain the sediment and stop blockages from building up.
"We monitor the pits regularly but we encourage residents in the area to notify council if they see sediment levels getting higher.''
Mayor Cr Jane Smith said the Everglades Catchment Drainage project was delivering significant benefits for Umina Beach residents.
"This project is a great example of council delivering an innovative solution that makes a real difference to the lives of our community," Mayor Smith said.
"Roads, drainage and transport projects make up the largest component of our capital works program and we are committed to making every effort to secure more funding to deliver for our region."
Council determines areas that require major drainage through a multi-criteria system that assesses frequency, extent and potential damage of flooding.
Futures stages of the Everglades catchment drainage project are currently in the design phase.
Media release, 10 Apr 2019
Boris Bolgoff, Central Coast Council