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Council's flood-proofing plan would stop crocs at Koongal

RECORD RAINFALL: Floodwater rising over the Stack St floodway in Koongal in January after ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald lashed the region with a record amount of rainfall. Inset....
RECORD RAINFALL: Floodwater rising over the Stack St floodway in Koongal in January after ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald lashed the region with a record amount of rainfall. Inset.... Contributed

SEEING a crocodile swim through your neighbourhood is a surreal thing.

But if Rockhampton Regional Council's $2.1 million flood-proofing plans go ahead, Stack St, Koongal, residents will be happy to know they will no longer have visits from their reptilian neighbours.

A council officer who investigated problems with stormwater drainage said it took half a drop of water to flash flood the Stack St floodway between Rhodes St and Stenhouse St.

When the neighbourhood was submerged in January after ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald lashed the region with a record amount of rainfall, there were sightings of a crocodile.

But flooding in Stack St also causes wider problems in the community.

It is used as a detour when Lakes Creek Rd is flooded.

Deputy Mayor Tony Williams, the chairman of local disaster management group, has long been pushing for a solution to the flash flooding and said he was doing cartwheels after reading the council officer's report.

The officer found there needed to be an improvement to the floodway and a network of detention basins upstream of Stack St.

The basins would be on the Pilkington St reserve, Harbourne St, and Rose St.

Parts of the water causing the flooding passes through private properties, including one property owned by Cr Neil Fisher.

A lack of piped drainage under the floodway is the major problem.

The costly plan will be considered for the 2014/2015 budget and if approved could be done in stages over several years.

Cr Williams said he expected a tight budget next year, but vowed he would fight for the funding.



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