Solution sought for swamps

A CALL for action to reduce water swamping in Laidley has come to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) in a letter.

Affected landholders Joe and Meg Jackwitz said something must be done.

After a small amount of rainfall, the ground near their home is swamped with water due to long grass and water does not flow away for up to five days.

“They need to filter out the dirt, because over a period of time the silt will build up,” Mr Jackwitz said.

“Grade it so the flow of water seeps away, which it can't at the moment because it is flat.”

Cattle once ran on the property and kept the long grass from overgrowing, but for the past few years it hasn't been maintained.

We had 2.5 inches of rain in an 18-hour period and I wouldn't call it significant rainfall. The problem is the water can't get out,” Mr Jackwitz said.

“I have requested on numerous occasions to council to get a grader to push the dirt and grass to the side or a slasher to get rid of the grass.

“We are happy to work with council but they need to get in and do something.”

He said the council must put a drain in place to cater for the two or three inches of rainfall they get.

Residents refer to Jordan St as the river Jordan, because of the amount of rain that flows down there due to insufficient drainage.

The LVRC are currently seeking more recommendations from the community for drainage improvements.

“This issue has to be resolved and not be put in the too hard basket,” Mr Jackwitz said.


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