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Temporary flood levee training in Maryborough

15 November 2019

The new 2.4m high temporary levee that helps to protect the Maryborough CBD during floods will be put through its paces on Sunday, November 17.

“Council staff will install the temporary levee in Adelaide Street as part of a training exercise,” Deputy Chairman of the Local Disaster Management Group, Councillor Stuart Taylor said.

“This is the second time staff have undergone training since the new temporary levee was bought as part of flood protection in the CBD in 2017.

“The training, held ahead of the cyclone season, will ensure staff are familiar with the system and will be able to deploy the barrier quickly in the event of a flood.”

The training exercise will start at 7am and run all day.

Once installed, the temporary levee will extend from the Town Hall Green down Adelaide Street to the steps of the St Mary’s Catholic Church.
 
Parts of Kent and Adelaide streets (between Sussex and Kent streets; Ellena and Kent streets, Lennox and Adelaide streets, and Bazaar and Adelaide streets) with be temporarily closed for the training exercise.

While the training is underway, vehicle and pedestrian will be maintained to all businesses which operate on Sundays in these locations.

“The new temporary levee is higher and extends further than the previous barrier which was 1.2m high,” Cr Daniel Sanderson said.

“The levee, coupled with other works to raise Adelaide Street, will help us keep flood water from a rising Mary River out of the CBD longer.”