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Hard to plan for monsoons here

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December 06, 2017

DESPITE all the preparations and all drainage systems working to their capacity the sheer immediacy of the rain that hit Echuca was too much to handle.

DESPITE all the preparations and all drainage systems working to their capacity the sheer immediacy of the rain that hit Echuca was too much to handle.

Campaspe Shire chief executive Jason Russell said council prepared for the expected weather conditions by inspecting stormwater pits, traps and pumps.

‘‘Staff were activated across the shire for the weekend, monitoring the 43 pump stations and water flows,’’ he said. ‘‘In general, the drainage system and 11 pump stations around the Echuca township performed at their designed level.

‘‘However the amount and short duration of rainfall was record breaking.’’

The drainage pump in Westwood Park struggled to move the volume of water.

‘‘This resulted in water backing up into the streets,’’ Mr Russell said.

‘‘Two additional pumps were moved into the drainage basin to move the water away.’’

Council staff worked in the area all night Friday and all day Saturday.

On Sunday and Monday the street sweeper moved into the area and cleaned up any remaining debris on the streets.

Mr Russell said a disappointing outcome from the weekend was the number of cars driving through water.

‘‘This created waves of water into adjoining residential areas and unnecessary concern and frustration for landowners,’’ he said.

‘‘In any emergency situation a positive outcome is that all agencies work together to ensure the safety of the community.

‘‘Thanks to all emergency services and council staff who continued to support the community through the weekend’s wild weather.

‘‘We will have a debrief of issues raised from the weekend which will include capturing water movements, comments from staff on the ground, and information coming through from the community.

‘‘This will assist with planning for longer term solutions in areas where council has a responsibility.’’

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