Burst pipe floods Gladstone medical centre with raw sewage

UP IN ARMS: Harbour City Medical Practice manager Jimmy Lubana is reeling from damage caused by a burst sewer.
UP IN ARMS: Harbour City Medical Practice manager Jimmy Lubana is reeling from damage caused by a burst sewer. Brenda Strong

THE proverbial has hit the fan after sewage flooded a Gladstone business on Friday.

Harbour City Family Medical Practice manager Jimmy Lubana said heavy rain last week caused a pipe behind his building to burst.

"It was a sewerage pipe that burst and all the water has flown inside," he said.

"It seeped into the kitchen and into the rooms."

The carpets in the medical centre were ripped up and some rooms isolated because of health concerns.

"Our whole treatment room, procedure room, nurse room, toilet and kitchen (are) gone," he said.

The medical centre is one of a number of Toolooa St businesses damaged by flooding last week.

Toolooa street shops flooded.
Toolooa street shops flooded. Mike Richards GLA3103134FLOD

The Health Nut, Anthony Breed Music and Toujay's Shoe Repairs were closed on Monday, while other businesses on Toolooa St remained open.

Despite the presence of a skip full of wet carpet and water-damaged items on the footpath, the Jham Bar, part of Anthony Breed Music, drew a line up of coffee lovers on Monday morning.

Repair works for the stormwater system are expected to commence soon and fences have been erected over pipes in the Toolooa IGA car park.

MV Cafe faces the car park and its entrance is partially blocked by temporary fences that were erected on Friday afternoon.

Owner Tania Vaiente said she had had hardly any customers since Friday.

"Nobody can park out front," she said.

"We've had many people ask what the problem is and I don't know what the problem is because (the) council doesn't share all the details with us.

"This is certainly going to affect us, especially when they rip all the (concrete) up.

"I assume it's going to be more than a day's job."

Dr Lubana, whose medical practice entrance is across the car park from MV Cafe, said his business was "handicapped".

"We are still seeing the patients but we can't do much with (any) major problems," he said.

"It's (caused) a loss of business because we have to turn the patients back."

Damage costs to the medical practice are at this stage unknown, but with an insurance inspection scheduled for Wednesday Dr Lubana expects to have new carpets fitted and the medical practice fully functioning next week.

Outside Toolooa St shops on March 28, 2014.
Outside Toolooa St shops on March 28, 2014. Contributed

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