Car park under water
GUESTS of Beach Terraces in Port Douglas woke last Friday to find their cars were going for a swim in the flooded underground car park.
After last Thursday night’s heavy downpour, the resort’s automatic pump kicked in but the water had nowhere to go with a stormwater drain full and blocked - and the water ran back in.
Holidaymaker Sally Beeston from Toowoomba had her rental car parked underground along with approximately six other cars and watched on in shock as the car park was slowly drowned.
“I found out about 7.30am and we were told the auto pumps in the basement were working perfectly but the water had nowhere to go and kept going round in circles,” she said.
“We’ve come up to do all the tourist things and are very disappointed, obviously it’s an isolated area, the rest of town is okay, there were high tides as well, they came up to the footpath.
“The drains aren’t taking the water in, they’re blocked up with trash.”
It was only in the late afternoon when the windows of the flooded cars could be seen, taking all day to remove the water from the car park.
Next door to the resort, Castaways had an above-ground car parking area that was ankle-deep in water and one of the unit owners Julie Powell said this is not the first time the area had flooded and has been complaining to council since 2003.
A storm water drain runs through the middle of the blocks - from Davidson St and out to Four Mile Beach, but cannot handle the amount of run-off from all the properties.
“It’s even worse if it doesn’t flood because the drain becomes a stinking mosquito-breeding hole in the dry season,” Ms Powell said.
“We’ve rang and wrote letters to the Cairns Regional Council and the Douglas Shire Council and we believe the problem is when they built the beach club, they didn’t build anymore storm drain infrastructure.
“The Douglas Shire Council looked at the drain and concreted it and mucked around but if the drain worked properly this issue wouldn’t have been so bad - the drain is too small for everyone and the water can’t get away.”
Council maintenance and engineer staff are meeting today to discuss the impacts on last week’s heavy rain on local major drains.
Sinking feeling: the flooded Beach Terraces car park