KINGS Meadows business owners whose stores were flooded overnight between Tuesday and yesterday argue an improved drainage system would have prevented the damage.
State Emergency Service volunteers attended 18 jobs at Kings Meadows alone, with Hobart Road businesses the worst affected.
Volunteers attended a total of 59 jobs in the North between 9pm on Tuesday and 5pm yesterday.
Travelscene Kings Meadows owner Andrew Willis said it was the second flood at his business, with the first occurring about five or six years ago.
He estimated the damage bill for the latest flood was $15,000.
Mr Willis's business will close for a couple of weeks while carpets and computers are replaced.
He said the rise in the middle of Hobart Road, combined with an inadequate drainage system, meant that excess water had nowhere to go but the street.
``Launceston City Council's engineers have not got a clue,'' Mr Willis said.
``All the water from up the hill in Kings Meadows, comes down here.
``There's water coming up from the drains.''
Kings Meadows News and Lotto owner Jeff Dolbey estimated the flood caused $10,000 damage to his business.
He said it was the third time in 15 years his business had been flooded.
``Council should do something,'' Mr Dolbey said.
``It's going to flood all the time.''
Council general manager Robert Dobrzysnki said that council understood and regretted the inconvenience and damage caused by such flood events.
He said that late last year the council completed a $1.4 million expansion of the Mount Pleasant Dam, designed to alleviate the negative effects of large scale and prolonged rainfall within the Kings Meadows catchment.
``Topographically, Kings Meadows is the lowest point of what is essentially a natural basin,'' Mr Dobrzysnki said.
``Therefore, there will always be pressure on the weakest point.
``Undertaking infrastructure investment to cater for every eventuality is extremely expensive and would be difficult to sustain in terms of the community's capacity to pay.''