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Trial to close streets

Thursday, 13th January, 2011

The intersection of Bagot and Beryl streets will be closed to traffic all of today The intersection of Bagot and Beryl streets will be closed to traffic all of today

Some of the city's most flood-prone streets will be barricaded today in a trial aimed at preventing houses and businesses from being inundated.

Heavy rain is forecast for at least the next couple of days, and police intend to put barricades up in some of the busiest streets this morning for a few hours.

Motorists will not be stopped from entering those streets; the aim is to show everyone what parts of the city will be shut to traffic in the event of a heavy, flooding downpour.

However, police are asking people to avoid the streets where possible so that the trial can give a proper indication of how the plan will work.

It has been devised in conjunction with City Council and the State Emergency Service, and if it works it may become a permanent part of the city's traffic management plan, according to Duty Officer, Inspector Dave Gallagher.

Blende Street, between Sulphide and Chloride streets, will be barricaded due to this being an area where traffic during heavy rain causes a wake which floods into buildings, said Inspector Gallagher.

The Trades Hall, the TAB, the Fire Station, the Civic Centre and the Library all suffer from this, he said.

Argent Street between Chloride and Oxide will also be barricaded for the same reason. Oxide Street, between Beryl Lane and Wolfram Street, suffersthe same problem and will also be closed off.

"Water rushes down the lane, hits the median strip in Oxide Street, and then goes under the Southern Cross Hotel which gets flooded along with 7day Spares and other shops in the area," Insp. Gallagher said.

In the west, barricades will also be placed in Kanandah Road between Griffiths Street and Pinnacles Place.

All of the above streets will be shut from 7.30am to 10.30am. However, one of the mostnotorious spots in the wet, the corner of Bagot and Beryl streets, will be closed all day.

This includes Bathurst Street, which runs off Bagot. "This area will be closed to all traffic, excepting the residents of these streets, as we all know this major flood course runs into the wetlands," said Insp. Gallagher. 

"If it does rain, and if you drive around, please avoid these areas and show some concern for the shopkeepers and the people living in these streets," he said.

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