Yeppoon flood mitigation funds welcome by many
EVER since flash flooding hit Yeppoon in March, Kevin Briggs has kept four sandbags in his office.
It might not seem like much, but four is all the Harcourts Capricornia manager needs to stop water flowing in through the back door of his James St business.
His insurers paid out about $8000 for the damage Kevin sustained, but he estimated the business lost between $20,000 and $30,000 in the month it took to repair the damage.
He is one of many business and homeowners in Yeppoon happy about Livingstone Shire Council's successful bid for flood mitigation funding.
"Anything they can do will be a good thing," he said.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the $1.3million pledged by the state and federal governments would save millions by limiting the impact of future flood events.
The council will match this commitment with an extra $1.3million, which was a condition of the funding.
The first project will see the roundabout on Queen St and Arthur St removed, regraded and lowered to allow more stormwater to flow away from the CBD and towards Figtree Creek.
Projects two and three will lower the road and median on Queen and Barry Sts, as well as the footpath and garden on James and Hill streets, to prevent water backing up in the CBD.
Project four will install a roadway channel along Cordingley St, and a new culvert under Yeppoon Rd to direct water away from the Tanby Rd precinct.