Hometo go even higher than ever
Resident plans to keep toes above water
AGAYNDAH man is planning to keep his feet dry the next time the Burnett River floods.
Michael Higginson is planning to raise his home out of the Burnett River’s flood plain after his highset Gayndah house flooded with water about four inches above the floorboards earlier this year.
North Burnett Regional Council is drafting a Temporary Local Planning Instrument that declares residential floor levels should be 300mm above the height of the 2013 flood event.
But Mr Higginson is going higher.
“I’m going above the council’s advice,” Mr Higginson said this week.
“I’m looking at going 2.7m or 3m above this flood. I want about nine foot.”
The council’s previous minimum height was measured as 300mm above a one-in-100-year flood event.
And the 2013 flood was estimat- ed to be a one-in-175-year flood event.
Mr Higginson said that no one could knowhowhigh the next flood will be.
“They talk about a one-in-100year flood, but then there is also a one-in-1000-year flood,” MrHigginson said.
Despite the significant property damage, Mr Higginson keeps his sense of humour.
“At 3m above the flood, it’ll give me a good fishing spot on the veranda,” he said.
BUILDING HIGHER: Michael Higginson shows where the flood reached his house and where council suggests the minimum level should be.