Hometo go even higher than ever

Res­i­dent plans to keep toes above wa­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

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.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

BUILD­ING HIGHER: Michael Hig­gin­son shows where the flood reached his house and where coun­cil sug­gests the min­i­mum level should be.

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