Works will end storm woes

Veronica Fleming and Louey were ecstatic that works on the stormwater drainage problem in Collendina had begun.

By Justin Flynn

The stormwater drainage problems at Collendina that resulted in the severe April floods will be fixed by the council in March next year.
Some Collendina residents awoke last week to works being conducted at the drainage site at Pembroke Road, believing that repairs had finally commenced, but the council told the Voice that it was not the case.
“Council installed a footbridge and the works that some residents saw were a tidy up of that area,” a City of Greater Geelong spokesperson said.
The council will begin fixing the stormwater drainage problems next March.
The council spokesperson said the repairs would involve concreting the drain channel and vegetation offset.
The work is expected to take around six weeks.
Collendina resident Veronica Fleming contacted the Voice to express her delight that the council had finally started fixing the drainage problem that saw dozens of houses severely damaged during the April flood.
Ms Fleming’s house was inundated by the stormwater and she and her husband had to seek temporary accommodation for six weeks.
“I just don’t want to go through that again,” she said.
“We’ve had a few close shaves.”