ESSENTIAL stormwater maintenancebeing carried out in StHelens’ main street will be completein mid- October, according tothe Break O’ Day Council.
Mayor Sarah Schmerl said themaintenance – valued at $2,071,223– had been in the works for sometime, after the St Helens Hospitalfell victim to severe flooding inrecent years.
‘‘St Helens has suffered fromdrainage issues for many years,’’she said.
‘‘Quite a number of times the StHelens Hospital has flooded andforced the evacuation of patientsand staff.
‘‘The flooding has also seensewage flow up into the kitchen inprevious events and it’s even floodedhomes.’’
Cr Schmerl said a new stormwatersystem in the main streetwas a development that wouldserve future generations.
‘‘This has been a major infrastructureexpense and somethingthat will significantly better thewater congestion in the region. It’san investment for the future andwill serve the region for manyyears to come.
‘‘We’re very grateful to the localcommunity who have been patientlywaiting while these worksare carried out.’’
The stormwater maintenancework began on April 14 and has anofficial completion date of October31.
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