‘big wet’ made worse Croc-in­fested creek keeps creep­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A WONGA Beach fam­ily is con­cerned for their chil­dren’s safety as a croc­o­dile-in­fested creek keeps flood­ing into their yard.

Shane Smith and his six­month preg­nant wife Therese Maloney have two chil­dren Ky­nan, six, and Ry­der, three, who are forced to play in­side as their back­yard be­comes a river when­ever it rains.

“We have had to call the SES vol­un­teers to de­liver sand­bags twice in the last month to pre­vent wa­ter from com­ing into the house,” Mr Smith said.

“Ev­ery time it rains heavy our en­tire yard gets flooded be­cause the creek at the end of the street breaks and there is no drainage sys­tem.”

Therese’s sis­ter Corine Maloney and her part­ner Juan Walker also live on the prop­erty with their one-yearold daugh­ter Mili.

“We don’t want to sound like we are com­plain­ing but when it rains wa­ter comes rush­ing up our drive­way, through our back­yard and right up to the doors of our house,” Mrs Maloney said.

One of their big­gest con­cerns is the safety of their chil­dren as neigh­bours have re­ported a croc­o­dile in the creek which is flood­ing.

To com­bat the is­sue the fam­ily is ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to de­velop a drainage sys­tem for Bow­man Close and pre­vent fu­ture flood­ing.

Divi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu is de­ter­mined to help the lo­cals and is or­gan­is­ing en­gi­neers to come out to the prop­erty.

“I have spo­ken to coun­cil en­gi­neers and asked for an en­gi­neer­ing as­sess­ment to see what can be done,” she said.

“Un­for­tu­nately the area is low-ly­ing but we need to do what we can to as­sist the cur­rent res­i­dents.”

That time again: Therese Maloney sand­bags her prop­erty

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