Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Council Hits Back at Claims over Resort Floods

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Council Hits Back at Claims over Resort Floods

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THE FRASER Coast Regional Council has hit back at claims it refused to help stop flooding up to the front doors of Hervey Bay's $14 million Ramada Resort.

The Esplanade resort's construction manager, Brad Ryan, told the Chronicle on Friday the council's holding tank outside the resort overflowed during last weekend's downpour, creating "serious flooding right up to Ramada's front door".

He said that every time it rained the 300,000-litre underground tank overflowed.

But a council spokesperson said silt and debris in the street indicated that rainwater ponded near the entrance to the Ramada Resort.

"An investigation of drainage on the Esplanade by Fraser Coast Regional Council staff did not find any blockages that would stop rainwater flowing freely," the spokesperson said.

"The investigation included a surcharge pit on the opposite side of the Esplanade to the resort. The pit acts as a junction box connecting a number of drainage pipes together. …

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