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Carpark wiped out in Muri deluge

Wednesday April 11, 2018 Written by Published in Weather
Koka Lagoon Cruise manager Serena Hunter surveys the enormous area of gouged land that was previously a carpark. 18041001 Koka Lagoon Cruise manager Serena Hunter surveys the enormous area of gouged land that was previously a carpark. 18041001

A substantial amount of land at Koka Lagoon Cruise site in Muri has been wiped away following the immense rainfall on Monday night.

 

Manager Serena Hunter was alerted about the flooding at around 1am yesterday and was told Koka Lagoon Cruise office building was at risk.

“When we came down, the whole area was full of gushing water. It was like Niagara Falls,” Hunter said.

“We basically had to break down the Muri Beachcomber wall, which blocks the stream, and that allowed the stream to divert back and eased it a bit in here. It’s pretty serious.”

After a “pretty sleepless night”, Hunter rang the National Environment Services first thing, and expected T&M Heather to visit the location shortly to provide temporary sandbags.

The washed-out area, which had previously been a carpark, stopped just short of the company’s office. Hunter said she was “terribly worried” about the situation as the weather forecast has predicted rain until Friday.

Around 15 years ago there was a similar issue, although not as bad, and Hunter said Monday night’s problem began for the same reason.

“It’s the same issue again. When the streams get blocked it affects the whole water flow and surrounding properties are affected by it.

“But this is the worst that I’ve seen.”