A heavy downpour caused Gladstone roads to flood.
A heavy downpour caused Gladstone roads to flood. Mike Richards GLA050316RAIN

Drastic buy-back idea for Barney Point houses

TERRY Cotter's mum Pat has lived on Wood St since 1978 and on Monday she was flooded in again.

This time she came through the flood relatively unscathed, with only some minor damage to her fence, garden and fibro shed.

Pat and Terry have their own theories on why it always floods on Wood St and aren't convinced the extra storm drains promised by council would fix the situation.

However the problem, according to the council's director of engineering Paul Keech, isn't due to an inefficient drain system.

"Hindsight is an excellent thing but physically they've built the houses too low," Mr Keech said.

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

Mr Keech said his team has talked seriously about buying back affected houses but hadn't costed the program and didn't know if council had the stomach to go through with a buy back option.

Although there weren't many on Wood St who would want to sell their house, Pat said she would only think about it if the "price was right". Though, she added, she didn't expect to get a fair price.



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