Ian and Joan Bean are sick of living in fear their property will flood when the rain comes and have built a number of drains themselves to try and help the issue.
Ian and Joan Bean are sick of living in fear their property will flood when the rain comes and have built a number of drains themselves to try and help the issue. Georja Ryan

A draining dilemma

WHILE many cheer to see the occasional downpour of rain, Ian and Joan Bean shiver in fear.

The Maryvale couple are fed up with water gushing through their property when the heavens open, flirting with their home, and are asking the council to hurry up and act before the rains strike again.

The Slade St property, on the corner of Watts and Murray Sts, falls victim to the run-off of water flowing down Murray St toward town.

"When there is a big downpour, the water gushes down the road and because there is no drain to direct it to the creek, it runs through our paddocks," Mrs Bean said.

Mr Bean said there was a simple solution.

"The smartest thing to do is to put a drain to the creek. It would affect no one and fix the problem," he said.

"Someone just made a very poor decision when they built the road."

Mr and Mrs Bean said in February last year, they sent photos to the foreman who was to pass them on to the civil engineering team however nothing was done until a few weeks ago when they contacted Councillor Ross Bartley who came and assessed the situation.

Cr Bartley then forwarded his concerns onto the engineering team, labelled high priority, but nothing has yet been done.

"We passed on their concerns in the last committee meeting and I suggested we look at the drainage on the eastern side of the street and make sure we have appropriate drainage," Cr Bartley said.

Mrs Bean said she and her husband had dug extra drains throughout their property to try and stop the problem, but it was not enough.

"It's got to the stage that we've done everything we can do - can council just give us a bit of help?" Mrs Bean said.

The house is built low to the ground which brings its own concerns when it comes to water levels, but the Beans said after consulting with other Maryvale residents who had lived in the area for many years, it had not flooded in that place before the road was built.

Mr Bean is also battling cancer of the spine and Mrs Bean has been in hospital a couple of times recently with health issues of her own.

The added stress of their home being in a flood zone has only added to the trauma.

"It's emotional stress and my trauma came this year when the rains were coming down and we had to dig a ditch around my house," Mrs Bean said.

The council's engineering services team was out of the office yesterday and unable to respond to the Daily News' queries.


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