Rain brings sewage, cockroaches for Barney Point resident

THE THOUGHT of sewage and cockroaches bubbling out of a septic tank after every heavy downpour doesn't sound appealing.

But that's exactly what Barney Point local Ian Ramsay says he has to put up with whenever it rains like it did yesterday.

"What happens is that the drain at the end of Young St is full of mangroves and when you get a fair bit of water it can't get away," the 83-year old said.

"I've been onto the council about the septic tank twice before, and so far they haven't done anything about it."\

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Mr Ramsay has been living on Moura Cres for the past 18 years and said that yesterday was one of the worst floods he'd seen.

"What happens is that the flood waters lift the cement lid on the septic tank up, and then the stuff and cockroaches starts coming out and runs along the fence onto the street," Mr Ramsay said.

"The council thought they'd fixed it with the new drains but now instead of the water only going down Woods St, it comes further up on Moura where I am."

It was reported last month Mr Ramsay had trouble sleeping at night when it rained because he was afraid of flooding.

On Woods St, where the water was flowing down the side of Barry and Kath Thomson's house, they were making bets with another neighbour on how far up the street the water would get.


"This happens every time we have a big storm," Mrs Thomson said.

"We got a new drain just before Christmas and it hasn't made any difference," Mr Thomson said.

"They could fix it if they cleared the mangroves out from the drain at the bottom of the street."

The council recently secured $450,000 for storm water culvert replacement at Barney Point and $220,000 for the installation of storm water flap valves at the end of Young St.

The council's director of engineering, Paul Keech, said crews had removed mangroves from the drain system 18 months ago and would, in a matter of months, install new flood flaps to improve the current situation.

"What it could do is provide more storage in case of a storm surge and help stop water collecting in the pond," he said.

"The only way to avoid the pain and suffering would be to reconstruct the houses or look seriously at buying back the land."

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