Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Rain Drains Homeowner; He Is Sick of Blocked Council Drain Flooding His Home after Even Minor Rain

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Rain Drains Homeowner; He Is Sick of Blocked Council Drain Flooding His Home after Even Minor Rain

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Byline: Dominah Devadas

A MARYBOROUGH man has launched a kerbside protest after repeatedly having to clean out the gutters in front of his house to prevent flooding in minor rain.

Ann St resident Warren Foster said since the 2013 floods, he has to regularly clean the gutters to avoid flooding his house out when there's more than 5mm of rain.

"I'm sick of doing it. Water has come into my house so many times when it rained and I'm sick of cleaning it," he said.

"When the floods hit the area in 2013, mayor Gerard O'Connell said he would clean out the gutters but after two years, I've heard nothing."

Mr Foster said he has made countless complaints over the years but has yet to receive help. In a last-ditch bid to get the drain fixed, he has created a large sign voicing his displeasure with the council.

"The council's engineers have come to the area and their standard answer is 'we will look into it'," he said.

Cr O'Connell said he has sympathy for the residents in the area but stressed he never made such a promise to Mr Foster. …

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