Drains in Gladstone struggle to cope with deluge
MORE than 20 roads were closed in the central Gladstone region alone last week, after a downpour of 200mm in 24 hours.
That number is more than the recorded number of road closures during flood events in 2013 and 2014.
Storm drains had difficulty handing the peak periods of rainfall in the past week, Mayor Gail Sellers said.
She said the 200mm of rain was much more than expected.
The council's street sweeping schedule included all urban streets in the region and was carried out frequently, she said.
"The majority of debris blocking drains comprises leaf matter washed out of residential properties, so residents are urged to keep their properties clean and free from leaf and other litter," Cr Sellers said.