Warning to council about flash flood falls on deaf ears

Susan Cunningham is concerned about flash flooding on Thozets Creek made worse by water backing up around the Rockonia Rd culvert.
Susan Cunningham is concerned about flash flooding on Thozets Creek made worse by water backing up around the Rockonia Rd culvert. Chris Ison

FOR eight years Susan Cunningham warned council Rockonia Rd was a flash-flood danger zone.

So the North Rockhampton resident wasn't surprised in January when the bridge she complained about got so clogged with debris that water ran into houses.

Susan says flash flood events in Thozets Creek are being made worse by the culverts underneath the Rockonia Rd bridge, where debris is caught during heavy rain events.

She accepts natural flood events happen, but she has accused council of making the problem worse.

"They haven't maintained the bridge for years now," she said. "I can't understand why council persists in just ignoring it."

But the council's acting CEO, Michael Rowe, said the council's maintenance program for drainage infrastructure was undertaken as required.

"Council's technical staff consider that the bridge is meeting its design capacities; however, arrangements have now been made to undertake some modelling to confirm that the bridge is meeting its purpose," he said.

Susan also weighed in on council plans for Stack St's floodway development.

"You've got a $39 million flood levee for Depot Hill and you've got $ 2.1 million they want to spend up here on Stack St," she said.

"But here, where they know there's a problem… they're not interested."

Mr Rowe said there was a range of overland flow and stormwater issues in the region, and council allocated funds to those each year.

"Budgets have been tight for some years and the allocation of funds is then prioritised, with what are perceived the higher risk projects getting priority,'' he said.

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