Eric Dare and Kerry Fehlhaber, with Cr Ellen Smith talking about damage being caused by sightseers driving through floodwaters. The big wet - post Oswald / Fitzroy River in flood. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Eric Dare and Kerry Fehlhaber, with Cr Ellen Smith talking about damage being caused by sightseers driving through floodwaters. The big wet - post Oswald / Fitzroy River in flood. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK050213sflood2

Speeding 4WDs creating waves and adding to flood damage bill

LONG-term business partners and Depot Hill residents Eric Dare and Kerry Fehlhaber are counting the cost of "idiotic behaviour".

Mr Dare said they had lost possessions stored under their house because some motorists drove quickly through the nearby flooded area sending waves of water through their property.

While they only had a few centimetres of water under their home at the peak of the recent flood, speeding motorists would create knee-height waves.

"We already had everything under the house stacked up high enough so the water wouldn't reach it," Mr Dare said.

"It's only damaged because waves of water have been crashing in under the house and wetting all our property.

"We've calculated about $8000 damage to our belongings just from that excess water coming into our house."

 

Ms Fehlhaber said she had seen a lot of young four-wheel drivers speeding through the street.

 

"The amount of P-plater drivers thrashing through the floodwater outside my house is unbelievable," she said.

"They just ignore the road signs and speed limit and come out for a look around but little do they know the amount of damage they are causing.

"Why don't they use their time more effectively and come back Saturday to help us clean up?"

Mr Dare and Ms Fehlhaber had contacted the council and police to try to stop vehicles driving through their street.

"But it definitely wasn't safe or smart for people to be driving through that water," Ms Fehlhaber said.

Division four Councillor Ellen Smith said she is very concerned for the residents in the Depot Hill area.

"It's so disappointing to hear people are being so disrespectful," she said.

"I really feel for the residents of Depot Hill who have been through this before and they don't need to be dealing with this sort of behaviour as well."



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