Bassendean Council to reinstate flood indicators at Town jetties after flooding at parks

Point Reserve. Picture: Carol Siedel
Bindaring Park. Picture: Carol Siedel
Point Reserve. Picture: Carol Siedel
Point Reserve. Picture: Carol Siedel Bindaring Park. Picture: Carol Siedel Point Reserve. Picture: Carol Siedel

BASSENDEAN Council has voted to reinstate flood level indicators at all jetties in the Town after several parks suffered from flooding last month.

At a council meeting on February 28, Council passed Cr Paul Bridges’ motion to reinstate indicators on static jetties to warn boat traffic of a submerged structure and in areas subject to flooding, principally boardwalks, paths, carparks and roads where floodwaters may rise and create hazards.

Point Reserve, Sandy Beach Reserve, Bindaring Park and the Ashfield Flats were inundated with flooding between February 11 and 13.

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Road access to some of the reserves was blocked on February 13.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a flood warning on February 12 for people to take action in parts of the Perth metropolitan area in the Swan River catchment, as minor flooding was expected.

According to Cr Bridges’ report, areas of inundation on roads and footpaths should have depth markers at the lowest point to warn drivers and pedestrians and to enable them to assess the risk of proceeding.

Bassendean resident Nonie Jekabson said children were swimming in the floodwater, which was not sanitary.

At the meeting, Ms Jekabson questioned why the roads were not closed earlier.

Town of Bassendean operational services director Simon Stewart-Dawkins said the Town’s staff were busy attending the flooding on the streets and only managed to erect road closure signs on February 13.