ONGOING PROBLEM: Stanley Street resident Gary McMurdo wishes Council would do something about the drainage and sewerage near his property .
ONGOING PROBLEM: Stanley Street resident Gary McMurdo wishes Council would do something about the drainage and sewerage near his property . Chris Ison Rokcsewer

Sewage invades Rockhampton family home for over 25 years

GARY McMurdo is fighting a losing battle against sewage which has been invading his family home for 25 years.

Although decent rain brings joy for most, this Stanley St resident is on tenterhooks every time the skies open up.

When it rains at Gary's house, it leaves the drains broken and the bottom area of his home flooded with water and raw sewage.

Despite the water only being in the house for 20 minutes to half an hour, the family still have to hose their belongings down and clean it all up.

Gary said he was tired of waking up at 2am to move furniture to higher ground and wanted something to be done.

"What happens is (the drain) all backs up and fills up and it just comes from everywhere," he said.

"A lot of water comes from Gladstone Rd and comes down here…it comes through like white water."

"The water's probably only here for 20 minutes, half an hour, but you've got to put everything back, hose everything down, clean it all up…it's a bit of a nuisance.

The Rockhampton man has become increasingly worried about the sewage as his wife, Donna, recently finished 13 months of chemotherapy and her immune system isn't the strongest.

Donna now wants to move out of their home.

Gary said he didn't even claim insurance anymore because of how many times he has had to claim.

"It is too much (money) just to claim..."

Gary said he contacted council as his attempts to stop the water had failed.

"They sent a man around from the council and they said 'oh you've got a blocked up sewerage' which is completely wrong," he said.

"The man that ... inspected it yesterday, he is a council worker (and) said they had a lot of phone calls with this happening in a lot of places around here so it is an underlying problem that they don't want to own up to."

"I shouldn't get flooded every time it rains...it's never-ending."

The Morning Bulletin contacted the Rockhampton Regional Council, but had not received comment on the situation last night.