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Townsville companies flooded when the main line exploded on the street

Small businesses in Townsville had to pay thousands of dollars in cleaning costs after the water pipe burst, causing severe flooding along a busy street.

The pipeline exploded on Charters Towers Road in Mysterton early in the morning on Sunday, interrupting traffic.
Townsville City Council said the teams worked "hard" to drain the area's mud and water.

Scott Murray, owner of an archery shop, said the floods destroyed his business.

He spent the day sweeping the mud out of his shop, which is expected to remain closed for several days.

"It has likely caused $ 90,000 to $ 100,000 in damage to lost inventory," Murray said.
He added that counters, desks and computers had also been destroyed.

"It has been so difficult in the past year and a half that you just fall again," said Murray.

"Even when Townsville had all the floods, we didn't let water run into the store, but that makes up for it."

City councilor Mark Molachino, chairman of the city council's infrastructure committee, said water and electricity have been cut.

"There is a fairly complex network of hydraulic infrastructure among these streets and suburbs, it took a little longer than expected," said Cr Molachino.

"The water pipes explode, the soil changes several times, but we'll do a full investigation to find out the exact cause."

The hairdresser's owner, Vikki Ratuere, said the incident was another blow to his company, which is still recovering from the Townsville floods in 2019.
"We went down to investigate and found that the store was completely under water, flooded, muddy, and terrible," said Ratuere.

"Last year my shop on the street was flooded. We just renovated it and moved here temporarily.
"Now that we're flooded again, I don't know if it's following me or I'm unlucky. It's a little sad."

Cr Molachino said the board would offer support to companies affected by the floods.

"We will work with these business owners as closely as possible to try to keep the disruption as small as possible to resolve them," he said.