How to stop flash flooding destroying Barney Point homes

LONG-time Barney Point resident Laurie Wolff says it doesn't rain half as much as it did 40 years ago, yet he finds himself twice as worried his house will go under.

Mr Wolff, who remembers when the Americans camped out beside the mud flats at Barney Point in World War II, said the problem began when the Port Authority reclaimed the mud flats which until then had drained the rain.

"All those mud flats drain all this area. But they fill it in -- so what happens? They raise the water," he said. "We never had a problem back then. And we had some horrific rain way back then. Now we don't get any rain."

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While the Bureau of Meteorology is only expecting 10-30mm for most of the region today, they say some areas where the storm hits could cop as much as 50-150mm.

It'd top the downpour of more than 70mm in just over an hour that brought flash flooding to Moura Cr and Wood St in March.

Mr Wolff said the "piddly little creek" dug out to replace the mud flats can't handle the water that runs off the surrounding ridges.

"It's totally impossible. Can you imagine the amount of water that comes from down there?" he asks, pointing up to Auckland Hill.

Mr Wolff concedes the mud flats the Barney Point basin is missing are long gone, but he said the council could start to fix the problem by cleaning the drains on Moura Cr.

"The problem is here in Moura Cr, the drains are full of gunk," he said. "That's where the problem starts."



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