FIG TREE Creek flooding has been made worse by a build-up of debris, silt and blockages, and the community is calling for action right now.
At a meeting on site in Morris St, Yeppoon, last week, concerned residents, Member for Keppel Bruce Young, Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig, council engineer Jeff Carter, Cr Glenda Mather and Cr Adam Belot discussed options to improve the problem areas of Fig Tree Creek that are prone to flooding and leave some residents unable to acquire insurance.
Resident and group spokesman Noel Brown said the problems in the creek had been an increasing issue over the past decade.
"The creek was cleaned out in 1993-94, and since that time we have been enduring an increase in mangrove growth which have collected silt, gravel and rubble which blocks the water flow and adds to the problem of flooding," Mr Brown said.
"Another major issue is the Cordingly St culvert bridge. We desperately need a single-span bridge, as the current system collects trees, rubble and assorted rubbish, which in turn blocks the water flow underneath, causing further flooding.
"We also believe the build-up off silt and gravel and changes to the creek are due to man-made structures such as banks, bush roads and obstacles between the bridge in Appleton Ave and Ross Creek.
"Currently the gravel build-up adjacent to Morris Street behind the showgrounds is about 1.4 metres below the bank and should be removed immediately, as we are only a few months away from the wet season."
Mr Brown said residents were keen to see member for Keppel Bruce Young's suggestion of removing the gravel and creating a levy bank come to fruition.
He said the problems needed attention as soon as possible, and maintenance should be regular.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said remedial works had been done on several occasions in the past to remove trees, logs and debris, with further works scheduled for this financial year.
He also made residents aware that flood mitigation work currently being undertaken would lessen some of the impact of floodwater being diverted back into Fig Tree Creek from Tanby Rd.
"We all need to work together on these issues, and feedback from residents and business owners about their observations are vital," Cr Ludwig said.
Member for Keppel Bruce Young said the State Government had given approval to remove gravel and clean out the creek, opening up the opportunity for the local council to begin rectification work.