Roma's Comm Hotel during Sunday afternoon's downpour.
Roma's Comm Hotel during Sunday afternoon's downpour. Contributed

Comm takes 'watering hole' to new flood level

ROMA'S Commonwealth Hotel is famous for three things: cold beer, good food, and a flooding storm water drain.

For the past six years publican brothers Ben and George Cannon have dealt with flood waters lapping at the top step of their 90-year- old pub on the corner of Wyndham and Bowen Sts.

George said half an hour of rain on Sunday afternoon once again cleared the pub out.

"All it takes is an inch of rain and it's on,” he said.

"The drain on our corner is the only one on the entire block, and it sits uphill so it's not draining properly.”

Roma's born and bred Dale Leatha said he'd been frequenting the Comm for about 40 years.

"This has been happening three times a year for the past 30 years,” he said.

"I think council needs to cut the road along Wyndham St and create a spillway.

"The old pipes are only 300mm, they need to be at least twice that size because the pipes only direct the water flow, it's not draining.”

Roma's Comm Hotel during Sunday afternoon's downpour.
Roma's Comm Hotel during Sunday afternoon's downpour. Contributed

Mr Leatha said any rainfall deterred him from heading to his favourite watering hole in town.

"If it rains, I won't come because I can't get out, or if it starts raining while I'm here, I'm straight outside checking the water.”

Portfolio chair for utilities, councillor David Schefe said Maranoa Regional Council had set aside money in this year's budget to assess the storm water drains throughout the region.

"We've got $50,000 to undertake designs but that's not just for Roma,” he said.

"And we've also got $35,000 for CCTV, to assess the condition of the storm water network and identify areas we need to spend that money. The problem we're experiencing is that the pipes would have been an adequate size at the time of installation, but as the community grows there's more hard surfaces that feed more water back into the network.

"You've got to look at upgrading,” Cr Schefe said.

"Unless there's a fault with the system, such as a collapse that's restricting the flow, it means it's a bigger issue of the pipe sizing and we need to look at the volume of water that's flowing in, and it's not a small budget to get that fixed.”