Ken Lyngkuist, Betascapes Landscapes Centre owner is dealing with the cleanup now floodwater is receding.
Ken Lyngkuist, Betascapes Landscapes Centre owner is dealing with the cleanup now floodwater is receding. Sharyn O'Neill

Landscaper gives good tips on flood clean-up

KEN Lyngkuist's front yard is blooming with life. His backyard is dead and decaying.

Over the past two weeks Ken has been almost out of business thanks to the untimely flash flooding, which hit the region late last month.

Ken owns Rockhampton's Betascapes Landscape Centre in Koongal.

He, like hundreds of other Central Queenslanders, is counting the cost of the damage floodwaters caused over the past week.

But he's not counting the cost of physical damage, just damage to the business.

Floodwater swamped the backyard of his business turning the working area into a sludge pit.

He said since the flash flooding his business has struggled.

"Little do people know, we are still open and have some good tips to offer," he said.

"Because there are a number of 'road closed' signs near our business, people are just presuming our shop is closed.

"You can access the area and we intend to stay open for as long as it takes to get our products and advice out there.

"Residents are looking for advice on how to clean up their yards but none have bothered to come around to the Lakes Creek Rd end of Thozet Rd, to where our business is located."

Now that the clean-up is under way he advised residents to consult the professionals as to what damage was done to their yards and what was needed to fix the problem.

He said lime should be used to get rid of the stench on your property while sandstone was handy to soak up any moisture left from the floodwater.

"People are very yard-savvy and want their grounds to look as neat as possible."



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