Residents urged to keep town drains clear to prevent flood issues

 

Burdekin residents are being urged to keep the town drains clear of waste in an effort to prevent flooding issues when the wet season arrives.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said in the past the Shire’s town drains had been blocked with grass clippings and other rubbish.

“We haven’t had heavy rain as yet, but when that first flush of water runs through the drains it will carry lots of waste,” he said.

“We’ve found green waste, plastic bags, cans and bottles have collected at the drainage inlet grates which caused a blockage and leading to flooding of roads and homes.

“We have noticed some areas in the shire where residents have dumped their grass clippings in the drain.

“These clippings should be going in your green waste bin, not the drain.”

Cr Lowis said Council employees regularly checked the drain grates to ensure they were free of blockages.

“These grates are necessary to prevent children and animals from entering the pipes,” he said.

Residents are urged to contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 to report any drainage issue.

 

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