A LAUNCESTON business owner whose property was flooded on Tuesday night fears it will happen again unless nearby businesses improve their drainage systems.
The city recorded 52 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, causing flash flooding in suburbs, including Kings Meadows, Trevallyn and Riverside.
David Stephenson, manager of irrigation business Valley Tas, said his property was the only one that was flooded at the TransLink industrial estate near Launceston Airport.
He urged the Northern Midlands Council to direct nearby property owners to improve their drainage systems in preparation for the weekend's heavy rain forecast, so his property would not be inundated again.
Council general manager Adam Wilson visited the site yesterday and said the council was working with businesses to reduce the flood risk.
He said he understood Mr Stephenson's frustration and council wanted to ensure his business continued to operate.
Mr Stephenson said some nearby businesses took action after he approached them personally, but others appeared to be reluctant.
He said surrounding properties were on higher ground than his business, but he had never expected it to flood.
``We have a 5000-square-metre block and a 250-square-metre building; it was all under a massive sheet of water,'' Mr Stephenson said.
``What I am concerned about is, the council is not doing much to prevent it from happening again.
``We have been a bit frantic for the past three days.
``I have been almost begging the council to actually put pressure on these people to fix their systems up or to go into their properties and to sort it out themselves, so there is no repeat.''
Mr Stephenson estimated the cost to his business from the flood was between $30,000 and $50,000. He said his business was unlikely to be fully operational until next week, provided there was no more heavy rain.
``We have not been able to use our yard for unloading containers,'' Mr Stephenson said.
``It's covered in mud.
``The yard is not insured, so I will have a claim against the council.
``I thought council was here to help us. We have become the water detention basin.''
Mr Wilson said a few property owners had done work on their sites, such as earthworks and the installation of a couple of drains.
``We hope that the work that has been done will reduce any run-off in the future,'' he said.
``However, more work may need to be done and council will continue to work with these property owners.''
Mr Wilson said if people were not complying with council regulations, the council would serve them with a notice to comply and give them time to adhere to the rules.