Milson street ponding a perennial pain
Whenever there’s a downpour, residents of a street in Milson get their very own temporary mini lake.
Last week, Flint St was again underwater, and whenever significant rain falls, resident Kevin Curry, who relies on a mobility scooter, can’t get out of his house until the water subsides.
Apart from blocking access to his driveway, Curry said the water didn’t affect his home directly.
‘‘I’m quite high here, but it does affect other properties on the street.’’
He had years of dated photographic evidence to prove it.
‘‘This has been happening since I shifted here six years ago.’’
While cleaning out the stormwater drains made a slight improvement, the street still flooded - a problem made worse by people driving through it.
Last Wednesday, Curry said a driver in a white ute backed all the way to the end of the street and then accelerated through the floodwaters so his mate could video it on his cellphone.
Curry wasn’t quite quick enough to take his own photograph of the incident, but captured the aftermath with waves breaking against properties on the other side of the street.
‘‘A few years ago, the woman next door to me had her car, which was parked on the roadside, soaked inside during a flood by waves caused by cars racing through the water.’’
Curry said the water began to collect at around midday last Wednesday, and peaked at 1.30pm.
The city’s stormwater asset engineer JP (John) McCartin said council was aware of the issue, and a year ago, the street’s stormwater pipes were ‘jetted’, or cleaned out.
‘‘I don’t call it a flood, I call it street ponding, but if it happens too often or hangs around for too long, it’s not acceptable.’’
He said there were 10 to 15 lowlying areas around the city where ponding occured due to a combination of factors.
These included the city’s flatness, soil types, and ‘‘stream hydraulics’’ - where the draining water doesn’t generate enough force in the pipes for them to selfclean.
McCartin said he’d had a firsthand look at Flint St, and thought more extensive jetting of the ‘‘complex stormwater system’’ involving 1.5-kilometres of pipe could alleviate the problem. He promised to monitor the results.
Milson’s Flint St is regularly flooded in heavy rain.