Sightseers told to stay out as crews work to restore sewerage in Tumbulgum

SIGHTSEERS are being urged to stay out of the flood-ravaged town of Tumbulgum, south of the Gold Coast, while emergency crews work to clean and restore sewerage services.

Clean-up efforts are progressing well, however, sewer repairs are proving difficult with Council needing to access properties to check sewer pots in backyards in a bid to clear the vacuum sewer system.

Sightseer traffic is hampering the restoration process prompting Council to restrict Riverside Drive to emergency services vehicles and local traffic only.


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“Restoring the remaining services at Tumbulgum is a priority for Council, our crews are working long hours and in very difficult conditions to restore this vacuum sewer system and we urge community members to let our workers on the ground focus on this critical task,” said Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham.

“We accept that residents are seeking information about where the recovery process is up to and if they have any queries we ask that they phone Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (02) 6670 2400.”

Council Health Officers will be inspecting Tumbulgum today to assess the situation.

Property owners affected by floodwaters are asked to have their plumber contact Council so any blockage is removed and not pushed further down the line.

Plumbers should call Operations Coordinator Chris O’Dwyer on 0408 161 300.