Images of the flash flooding through Toowoomba’s CBD became one of the iconic memories of the Queensland floods in January 2011.
In 2015, Toowoomba Regional Council completed $25 million worth of flood mitigation projects, ensuring the city is more resilient to future flooding events.
The West Creek component involved West Creek channel works to increase capacity between James Street and Herries Street as well as an upgrade to the Goggs Street stormwater system.
The East Creek component consisted of new detention basins at Ballin Drive Park and Garnet Lehman Park, an upgraded detention basin at Ramsay Street/Spring Street, upgraded culvert beneath South Street on East Creek, and East Creek channel works to increase capacity between James Street and Creek Street by upgrading the Mary Street culvert.
The flood mitigation projects were made possible by $20 million in joint State-Commonwealth NDRRA Category D funding and $5 million contribution from Toowoomba Regional Council.