Overgrown land starts water woes

Hazel Betts, of Yaroomba, says her home was flooded because of poor drainage and long grass behind her property.
Hazel Betts, of Yaroomba, says her home was flooded because of poor drainage and long grass behind her property. Warren Lynam

AN ELDERLY Coast woman has lost valuables to flooding because a neighbour refuses to cut the long grass on his block.

The downstairs living area of Hazel Betts' Yaroomba home was flooded during last week's deluge when a drain on the neighbouring property became clogged with the long grass and weeds.

The 81-year-old said the block had been left in a "forest-like state" for months, despite requests to have it slashed.

Mrs Betts' son Colin contacted the owner to demand the land be cleared but was told a machine would be needed and the task was too difficult.

He then contacted council but was told it was "not a council issue".

"Mum has lived here for 15 years and has never had a problem until someone bought the block and decided they wouldn't take care of it," Mr Betts said.

"I was almost knee-deep in water last week, lifting everything from the ground because there was no way of stopping the water from flowing in.

"It is very frustrating because we wouldn't have this problem if the land was kept in a good state and the drains were kept clear."

Mr Betts moved from Melbourne last month to temporarily care for his mother.

He said he did not want to leave because he was worried the constant flow of water would cause electrical and structural problems.

"Mum can't lift the washing machine off the ground every time it rains. She is not in the state to be moving anything," he said.

"It does not need to rain like it did on Thursday for it to flood in the house either. The ground is so wet that it is not taking on any water. It is all just flowing into the house."

Mr Betts said all he wanted was for council to order the land owner to clear the block and make sure it was maintained.

"... and enough is enough, something needs to be done."

Council staff were not able to comment before print deadline.

Topics:  flooding property rain sunshine coast regional council yaroomba

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