Toolooa St sewerage pipe repairs scheduled at cost of $40k
GLADSTONE Regional Council has moved to reassure Toolooa St businesses a broken sewerage pipe linked to the flooding of buildings is being repaired as a matter of urgency.
The council estimated repairs to the piping, and associated damage, would cost between $30,000 and $40,000.
At least one business was flooded with raw sewage when the pipe burst on Friday and a number of shops have stripped their carpets and closed their doors.
"Damage to the pipe created a cavity, similar to (a) sinkhole," Council's engineering services portfolio spokesperson Rick Hansen said.
The council fenced off the area over the pipe, in the Toolooa St IGA car park, effectively halving the size of the car park until works are completed.
Cr Hansen issued a statement on Thursday in which he apologised to local businesses for the effect the flooding had on their shops.
"I acknowledge and understand the concerns of the businesses affected by this event and the disruptions it has caused to everyone involved, and for this I am very sorry," he said.
"Unfortunately it was unavoidable and we are working to remedy the failure as soon as possible and to ensure that this situation does not occur in the future."
The sewage is currently flowing freely through the pipes, he said.
The majority of repair work is scheduled to be completed Thursday afternoon.
The car park next to the Toolooa St IGA will remain partially blocked off during repair works, but businesses in the vicinity are expected to remain open.