The Coast’s newest retirement village, The Botanic in Silverdale, was among the many properties (including businesses, private homes and schools) that were flooded in last month’s storm.
Twenty six villas have been completed and a further 43 villas and 32 apartments are currently under construction on the land behind the Hibiscus Bus Station. When complete the 8ha site will contain villas, apartments, aged care beds, an office complex, community spaces and facilities and a childcare centre.
The Botanic executive, Alan Edwards, says the area’s stormwater system was overwhelmed by the volume of rainfall.
The flash flood resulted in varying degrees of floor-level rainwater damage in 13 villas, including the show home. For some, the impacts were quite minor, with three villas needing varying degrees of carpet replacement. Another 10 homes require more substantial replacements to carpet, vinyl and kitchen end panels which were affected by water at their base.
Five residents stayed in their villas, four relocated to accommodation of their own choosing and three opted to relocate in nearby apartments which The Botanic provided.
“While this was an extremely rare weather event, we are all disappointed that it has affected our residents like this,” Edwards says. “We are working hard to understand if there are any immediate changes we could make to lessen the impact under similar circumstances. We have taken considerable care to develop the site in an environmentally responsible way and comply with rigorous planning requirements so I don’t think the work undertaken has contributed here. We have also commissioned an independent engineering to conduct a peer review.”
He says residents are being updated and should receive a timeline for the completion of repairs this week.