Alan Walker had to clean up the mud and debris left behind in his yard after heavy rainfall caused water to pool at his Gracemere home.
Alan Walker had to clean up the mud and debris left behind in his yard after heavy rainfall caused water to pool at his Gracemere home. Allan Reinikka

The run-off stops here

WITH more than 50mm of rain falling in the Rockhampton region in just two hours on Tuesday night, Alan Walker's yard could have been mistaken for a swimming pool.

The Gracemere man's home is prone to localised flooding, and Tuesday's storm was no exception.

"There's a development up the back of our place and when it rains the run-off comes down to our house," he said.

"We always cop it."

Mr Walker said the issue had started three years ago when the development began.

He said he had voiced his concerns to a local real estate agency in the past, asking who was the developer, but their sign had since been removed from the area, leaving him unsure of who to contact.

"It's very annoying to clean up all the mud and what's more annoying is that it could be easily fixed if there were some temporary levee banks," he said.

But Mr Walker said he had spoken with one of the contractors working at the site yesterday.

The contractor had apologised and assured Mr Walker that steps would be taken to rectify the problem.

Cr Brett Svendsen, chairman of the strategic planning committee, said while he had not been contacted regarding the issue, he would also be more than happy to take it up.

"If he's got an issue we can certainly send compliancy officers there to see whether the developer is working to conditions of Material Change of Use (MCU)," Cr Svendsen said.

Mr Walker wasn't the only one left to clean up after the storm.

SES and council workers were kept busy yesterday clearing trees, branches and other debris left behind.

A spokeswoman from the council said officers were called to a number of locations.

Some of the officers had to work through to 1am yesterday to ensure any safety risks to the public were cleared as soon as possible.

She said a fallen tree had caused damage to a fence at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds and another prevented a resident from leaving their driveway yesterday on Stickley St.

According to Weather Zone the wet weather isn't over for the region yet.

Possible thunderstorms and showers are forecast into next week.



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