The Nirvana Luxor Resort basement carpark remained partly-flooded after progress in pumping the water out was delayed by pollution concerns
The Nirvana Luxor Resort basement carpark remained partly-flooded after progress in pumping the water out was delayed by pollution concerns

Pollution stalls water removal from flood-hit unit block

REMOVAL of water from a flooded basement carpark has been stalled due to strict environmental management issues.

Further testing of water samples is now under way with pumping into stormwater drains suspended until the results are known.

In a further blow to residents, thieves struck overnight, breaking into two units stealing jewellery and other valuables.

Thieves entered the empty Nirvana Luxor Apartments on Wednesday night up-ending drawers in every room of the home of a pensioner and stealing jewellery and other possessions.

They also broke into an apartment rented by a mother for her Down syndrome son and his carers.

It has yet to be determined how much was taken from that unit.

Police have been asked to step up patrols and the body corporate has organised for security throughout the night from tonight.

The 13-unit complex on Tanah Rd East, Mount Coolum have remained unoccupied since heavy overnight rain on Wednesday, February 12.

Initials reports put the cost of clearing the basement at up to $2 million with the expectation polluted water would have to be pumped out and trucked to Ipswich to a decontamination site.

Keith Symonds the body corporate chairman in front of the Nirvana Luxor Apartments on Tanah Road East, Mount Coolum before the start of attempts to empty it. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Keith Symonds the body corporate chairman in front of the Nirvana Luxor Apartments on Tanah Road East, Mount Coolum before the start of attempts to empty it. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Body corporate manager Keith Symonds said some truckloads were first taken to the Maroochy Wastewater Treatment Plant at Maroochydore.

However, he said Unitywater refused to take any further deliveries.

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency took samples and by Wednesday, allowed the discharge to stormwater in a 50-50 dilution with freshwater subject to periodic testing.

“If the results are bad, we will need another disposal solution,” Mr Symonds said.

The water levels have been reduced to below the roofs of four cars still in the basement.

The apartments were home to 24 residents, who have had to find elsewhere to live until the basement was emptied and power restored.

The damage was caused when Tanah Rd East flooded to a height greater than the entrance to the carpark and began draining into it.

The total cost of the pump out and disposal of water; relocation of residents; damage to property unit holders had stored in basement lockers; and, repair to the power unit, as well as removing debris from the swimming pools and restoring its filtration pump was likely to run into the millions of dollars.



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