VIDEO: Gladstone home floods: Dad, son clean drains on knees

GLADSTONE dad David Jarram and his son Derek spent the entire morning cleaning up their garage after downstairs of their home was flooded.

After last night's thunderstorm, the pair awoke early after last night's downpour, which brought 65mm of rain to the Bureau of Meteorology's Gladstone gauge, to find their belongings drenched in water.

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They cleared their belongings and shoveled water out of their garage, which is below their new Auckland home on Wilson St, back out onto the street.

And the pair have become accustomed to doing it after a downpour.

David Jarram and his father Derek spent the morning cleaning out water from their garage underneath their New Auckland home.
David Jarram and his father Derek spent the morning cleaning out water from their garage underneath their New Auckland home. Paul Braven

They faced the same situation four months ago when Gladstone received days of heavy rainfall.

"The drains on our street just can't handle the amount of water and leaf muck that flows around our street," son, David Jarram said.

"We live at the bottom on the hill so we get a huge downpour from the right hand side, but it also comes around from the street behind us, on a hill."
 


"It basically just pools along the flat part of our street and completely floods us."

 

At 3 am this morning the Jarram's were wading around in cold, higher than ankle deep water trying keep their belongings from floating down the street.

"At one point our lawn mower just started drifting away," Derek said.

"We had things from inside our shed in the backyard drifting all over our backyard. We were down on our hands and knees unclogging the drains."

The sandbags they used to minimise the amount of water getting to their home were left in a soaking piled mess after the clean-up.

Gladstone regional council confirmed a water main burst in Wilson St early this morning, but could not confirm whether it was a result of the storm.

A council spokesperson said the street was closed off while workers fixed the mains.

This morning a council spokeswoman said the main had burst, but it has since been fixed and Wilson St has re-opened.



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