“I’ve been writing to council for three years,” North Huntly resident Leigh Palmer said.
“They have a tiny weeny little pipe under the road and that’s ridiculous.
“They are putting us in danger.”
Ms Palmer lives north of the Millwood Road floodway.
She said she was unable to access medical treatment in the city when heavy rains closed the road last year.
Ms Palmer’s comments come in the wake of increasing community concern about the lack of infrastructure in the growing outer suburbs.
Last week in the Bendigo Weekly, Epsom residents described a disaster-in-waiting as the city’s main drain, the Bendigo Creek, comes under pressure.
Midland Highway businessman Bob Scheuffele is part of a group offering to adopt parts of the creek, to assist with maintenance and reduce flood damage.
“This is beyond what the council can do,” Mr Scheuffele said.
“It needs to be funded by federal and state governments and that’s hard but we’ll keep at it.”
Bendigo real estate agent Tom Maher, who attended the residents’ first meeting in May, said information being collected for the North Central Catchment Authority’s Bendigo flood plan will help plan for drainage infrastructure.
“The locals are commonsense people, and they want to see the infrastructure allocated to their area,” Mr Maher said.
“By talking to the people you can work towards a plan.
“The amount of water that runs through an area can be calculated but it all comes back down to the water authority.
“That’s essentially what it’s all about.”
Residents are invited to the next meeting to discuss floodwater and drain infrastructure, chaired by councillor Lisa Ruffell, at the Epsom Primary School, 7pm, Tuesday August 7.