Had enough: Vic Metcalfe is fed up with water issues outside his house in Stokers Siding.
Had enough: Vic Metcalfe is fed up with water issues outside his house in Stokers Siding. Blainey Woodham

Floods a constant problem

MURWILLUMBAH and Stokers Siding residents believe their homes are in danger from constant flooding following heavy rain.

Stockers Siding resident Vic Metcalfe has lived in his home for more than 29 years and believes the flooding is a constant problem.

“It floods every time it rains. I have contacted the council and they have had more than seven goes at fixing it,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“I think the council has to be held accountable for this and something has to be done.”

Murwillumbah residents Chris and Jodie Wihlborg said their Wentworth Street home is constantly facing flooding.

“We have lived in this house for five years and when there is rain, our backyard just floods,” Mr Wihlborg said.

“The drain is blocked up or it is too small. Our neighbour’s house floods as well.”

Mr Wihlborg said he and his wife have contacted the Tweed Shire Council but did not get the response they were looking for.

“We have contacted the council and they said there are set time lines for prob- lems like this, but we have been dealing with this for a long time,” Mr Wihlborg said.

Tweed Shire Council acting director of engineering and operations Ian Kite said the council was working to solve Mr Metcalfe’s flooding problem.

“Council acknowledges there is a localised sag point in the footpath at the front of Mr Metcalf’s property,” Mr Kite said.

“We have tried some simple solutions, such as re-profiling the roadside drain, to give some short-term relief to Mr Metcalfe while a proper solution is designed.

“However, this has just caused problems for adjacent owners and has been abandoned.

“A design is being prepared to solve this minor drainage issue and it will be implemented when resources are available, subject to other priority projects.”

Mr Kite said there are a number of contributing factors when it comes to the Wihlborg property.

“The drainage problem is caused by two factors – the low capacity of the very old drainage pipes servicing the street and an obstruction to the overland flow path that is needed for all piped systems to carry away surplus water,” he said.

“The overland flow path is compromised by activities on the adjacent block.

“Council is working with the owner of that block to reach a solution,” Mr Kite said.



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