FLOOD-FREE: Rae Scott and her tenant Mike Handy look at the air-conditioning unit that has water cascading over it every time it rains heavily.
FLOOD-FREE: Rae Scott and her tenant Mike Handy look at the air-conditioning unit that has water cascading over it every time it rains heavily.

Council acts to fix flooding

A POINT Vernon home owner whose tenants have to live on a moat every time it rains heavily has finally got the council to act after two years of complaining.

“But only because I told them I had gone to the Chronicle because we’d absolutely had enough,” Rae Scott said yesterday.

Ken and Rae Scott bought their single-storey house in Kehlet Street four-and-a-half years ago, planning to retire in it down the track.

“But the first time it rained we went into shock.

“The water rushed up from the seashore end of the road and flooded the street because, I guess, there is no kerbing and guttering in our part of the street.

“Then our downpipes kept filling up with water again as the street flooding met our downpipes’ water and banked up creating a waterfall right around the house, pouring over the air-conditioning unit on the back wall and actually seeping into the house. And it’s been doing that ever since.”

The Scotts put tenants into their house two-and-a-half years ago. “Michael and Debbie are terrific tenants and we don’t want to lose them over their having to live surrounded by ankle-deep water every time we get a heavy downpour.”

“It really is dreadful here when it rains,” Michael Handy said yesterday. “Rae and Ken have spent thousands of dollars on concreting around the house, they’ve managed to stop the inside of the house getting wet and they’ve been to the council time and time again to get help.”

“We’ve made dozens of phone calls, met with councillor Linda Harris and a staff member and finally when I went in to the council office in January they sent a crew out to scoop out the road outside our house and then put a bit of gravel in it,” Ms Scott said.

“That was after I stood at the counter and said ‘I’m not leaving here until I get some answers’.

“But when it rained so heavily on Tuesday everything flooded again – and that was after we’d just spent another $4000 concreting a driveway to try to discourage the water from coming in.”

A council spokesman said yesterday the property had been inspected and that drainage issues should be overcome when the missing sections of kerb and channel were installed.

“Council has started preparing designs to widen, kerb and channel missing sections of Kehlet Street between Murphy and Mayfair Street, councillor David Dalgleish said.



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