Levee work questioned

QUESTIONS have been raised over whether there would be an increased flood risk while levee upgrades are under way.
Nanjing Night Net

In the Wagga Levee Upgrade concept design report there are talks of sequencing the upgrade work over a 10-year period.

That’s something that has Les Hancock raising questions about what risk that will have on homes during such a potentially long stretch of time.

“Until it is stabilised, in my opinion it’s like when building a dam wall, it takes a few years to settle down and be stable,” Mr Hancock said.

But project manager of the levee upgrade Brad Jeffrey said Wagga City Council work would be conducted in a way where there were no increased risks to households during the construction stages.

“Different sections of the 9km levee will require different treatments and construction techniques as part of the upgrade,” he said in a statement.

“These works will be undertaken in stages to ensure property is not put at risk during construction and to ensure that flood protection can be provided.

“The levees will be constructed to today’s engineering standards and will not require a settlement period.

“The community will be protected immediately with a fully functioning, structurally sound levee bank.”

Mr Jeffrey was also asked about how long the construction of the levee bank would take once started.

“The detailed investigation and design phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, this will result in council being ready to construct in 2014, subject to the availability of state and federal funding,” his statement said.

QUESTIONS: Les Hancock has questioned the levee upgrade works. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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