9 February, 2024

Rallying after rainfall

The Moreton Bay region continues to grapple with the aftermath of last Tuesday’s heavy rain and massive floods (January 30), with extensive damage reported throughout the community.

Rallying after rainfall - feature photo

With some areas seeing over 250mm of rain, Beachmere, Caboolture and Bray Park are amongst the most affected Moreton Bay areas.

Residents of these areas are now eligible to apply for Personal Hardship Assistance grants, which can help cover the costs of essentials such as food, clothing, and medicine.

Individuals can receive up to $180, while families of five or more may receive up to $900.

A community recovery centre has also been set up in Bray Park for residents experiencing hardship, with emotional and wellbeing support being provided, along with support for grant funding.

The hub is based at Encircle Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, 865 Gympie Road, Lawnton.

Beachmere Rd, which was submerged for over two days, is predicted to remain closed for coming weeks due to severe road damage caused by fast-flowing water, especially in the sections being upgraded.

Member of Parliament Ali King said TMR is assessing the damage, but the outlook isn’t good. “I’m afraid we could be looking at weeks rather than days,” she said.

Property damage has also been extensive, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services having already conducted over 400 flood damage property assessments and Council recording over 80 assessments as of Friday, February 2.

Mayor Peter Flannery is urging people to contact council to report damages, ask for support and/or submit assessment reports.

“We need to know who, and where, people have been impacted to respond promptly and efficiently,” he said.

“This information is vital for Council to build a picture of where support is most required and will help inform State and Federal Government assessment for funding eligibility.”

Free disposal of flood waste is also currently available across all 12 Moreton Bay waste disposal sites, while skip bins can be requested until March 8.

Skip bins will be placed in an approved central location to best serve all affected residents.

To file damage reports, visit the ‘Share Your Flood Data’ page at Call (07) 3205 0555 to request skip bins.

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