Business owners and passing traffic were flooded by raw sewage during a power outage and heavy rainfall.
Business owners and passing traffic were flooded by raw sewage during a power outage and heavy rainfall.

Sewage floods footpath



HEAVY rainfall and power outages ? a complete recipe for disaster.

And that's exactly what it was yesterday morning when business owners along the Pacific Highway, near the Marcia Street intersection, arrived at work to be confronted with raw sewage flowing along their footpath.

One businessman, who preferred not to be named, said almost every time there was excessive rainfall the sewerage main failed and he believed it was about time the Coffs Harbour City Council did something more than just clean-up the mess.

"I have pointed this out to the council many times because there are big health issues when this happens," he said.

"It took almost two hours for anyone to respond and people were forced to walk through the mess most of the day."

The sewage problem was fixed at 3.30pm and operations manager for Coffs Harbour Water, Simon Thorn, agreed the sewerage main had been of particular concern.

"We had five standby generators working until 11am yesterday to try to fix the problem," Mr Thorn said.

"There was about 150mm of rain- fall in a 24-hour period and with the power out some of the pump out stations stopped because not all have generators."

Mr Thorn said council had done as much as it could to rectify the problem and that it regreted any inconvenience this problem had caused.

"We will look at the situation in the future and see if there is something that can be done."

In the period from 6pm Thursday to noon yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology reported 164mm of rainfall at the Perry Drive recording station.



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