Stony Creek update: Planning ahead for heavy rainfall

With heavy rainfall and the possibility of a storm forecast for Tuesday 20 November, Melbourne Water, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Maribyrnong City Council are planning ahead to manage potential impacts to Stony Creek, and our ongoing recovery works, following the West Footscray fire.

Melbourne Water’s field crews are on standby to respond and repair any damage to the measures put in place following the fire. Crews will also monitor Cruickshank Park and the culverts upstream at Waratah Street and Paramount Road to manage any debris. 

On Friday 16 November, EPA placed air monitoring equipment in the vicinity of Park Avenue. Although this doesn’t measure odour directly, it will allow EPA to analyse the levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to compare with health guidelines. The canisters used for air sampling were collected on Saturday 17 November for analysis, however EPA will be placing further canisters this week to capture data during and after the forecast rain event.

EPA also have a field team and testing equipment on standby ready to respond after rainfall activity. All safety signage on site will be checked and replaced as required.

Maribyrnong City Council, Melbourne Water and EPA appreciate your patience as we continue with the Stony Creek recovery. If any issues require attention, we encourage you to contact us via [email protected]