Residents urged to be aware of what goes into town drains

Burdekin residents are being urged to be aware of what waste materials are finding their way into the shire’s drains.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said recent rain had highlighted how easily the town drains could be blocked.

“The first flush of water through the drains after an extended dry period usually carries high levels of waste,” she said.

“Green waste, plastic bags, cans and bottles collect at the drainage inlet grates causing blockages which could lead to flooding of our roads and, in some cases, residences.

“Recent rain has flushed palm fronds, grass clippings and plastic bags into the drains and the grates _ which are necessary to prevent children and animals from entering the pipes _ are getting blocked.

 “We are not blaming residents for the blockages, but we are trying to raise awareness of the issue.”

Cr McLaughlin said council employees regularly checked the grates to ensure they were clear.

“However, in heavy rain, blockages may occur and cause the water to back up,” she said.

“Council has an emergency team, which is on call at night and at the weekends, to deal with any drainage situation that may arise outside normal operational hours.”

Residents should contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800 to report any drainage issue.

Media contact:  Lyn McLaughlin 07 4783 9812 or 0407 376 793

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