Blocked drains, flood­ing and he­roes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE heavy rain blocked drains and caused flood­ing and dam­ag­ing prop­er­ties in Rib­bon Close, Mudlo St, Mowbray St and Gar­rick St.

Coun­cil said un­der­ground pipe­line main­te­nance crews were en­gaged prior to the wet sea­son to in­spect all ma­jor drains and clear any de­bris.

“Flood­ing in some ar­eas of Reef Park will be in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther as the drains be­hind prop­er­ties in Rib­bon Close were cleared in the last month,” a Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil spokesper­son said.

“It is pos­si­ble that il­le­gal dump­ing in the area may have con­trib­uted to the clog­ging of these par­tic­u­lar drains.

“Coun­cil en­cour­ages res­i­dents to prop­erly dis­pose of green waste and other de­bris to avoid any im­pact on drains and other wa­ter­ways.”

Coun­cil crews were busy re­mov­ing trees on roads and deal­ing with flood­ing when they came to the as­sis­tance of a woman whose car was float­ing in Mudlo St.

The crews were able to tow the ve­hi­cle out of the water to higher ground and also res­cued the woman from end­ing up in the creek that runs along­side Mudlo street.

Due to the com­bi­na­tion of heavy rain­fall and ti­dal is­sues, par­tic­u­lar sites in Port Dou­glas are more prone to flood­ing and dam­age to the sur­face of Mowbray River Rd, where bi­tu­men was washed away is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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