Residents raise concerns of flooding in Sorrento and Padbury following weekend’s storms

Flooding at the intersection of Marine Terrace and Parnell Avenue in Sorrento on July 21.
Flooding at the intersection of Marine Terrace and Parnell Avenue in Sorrento on July 21.

RESIDENTS have raised concerns of flooding in Sorrento and Padbury following the weekend’s storms.

One resident said there was heavy rain at his property about lunchtime on Saturday, July 21, which caused flooding in the street.

“The intersection of Marine Terrace and Parnell Avenue is a low point in the area and prone to flooding,” he said.

“There is a pump at the intersection that pushes the rainwater to the McKirdy Way sump.

Flooding at the junction of Simpson Drive and Forrest Road in Padbury on July 22.

“The current facilities are not appropriate to prevent flooding.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was contacted on the day of the flooding.

“While the existing pumps in the low point location in Marine Terrace/Parnell Avenue have been in place for some time, they are regularly maintained by contractors,” he said.

“A subsequent inspection of the existing pumps found them to be working and operational at the time of the rain event.

“A significant downpour was recorded by one of the City’s nearby rain gauges and some minor flooding of the intersection occurred but did not enter local properties.

Flooding at the junction of Simpson Drive and Forrest Road in Padbury on July 22.

“Last year the City installed additional drainage pits and storage in High Street, Sorrento to increase surface water capture and to reduce flows from reaching Parnell Avenue.”

Another resident also shared photos of flooding at the junction of Simpson Drive and Forrest Road in Padbury following storms on Sunday, July 22.

“This is an ongoing occurrence whenever these storm fronts hit,” he said.

“We have lived here for many years and accepted the situation.”

Mr Jacob said the City was “currently capturing rainfall and water depth data in preparation for proposed works to the drainage sump at Simpson Park that would increase its capacity”.

“Subject to approval, works could be considered as early as the 2019-20 financial year as part of the City’s budget process,” he said.

He said the City continued to “work on potential short and long-term solutions at both sites”.

“Remedial works to prevent flooding in the City is carried out on a prioritised basis through the City’s capital works program,” he said.