Local drainage refers to the pit and pipe network that drains urban areas to the nearest creek or open channel. The network is only designed and intended to manage more frequent rainfall events than rare floods. That is to say that every now and then, it is normal for street drainage systems to overflow.
Local drainage problems can occur anywhere and are not included in City of Newcastle’s floodplain management planning. However if the street drainage system is overflowing more regularly, there may be a problem that we need to have a look at, you should write to City of Newcastle to describe the problem and we will respond to your request.
City of Newcastle is working on identifying areas where additional pits or pipes may assist with flooding. Once identified, it would be prioritised in the works program.