Brisbane recovery speeds ahead
Brisbane continues to move forward in the recovery mode as residents proceed with the task of cleaning up in the aftermath of the flooding.
The river levels have dropped considerably and many of the main roads are completely open to traffic while rail and buses are back to normal services.
District Disaster Coordinator Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin said that residents are assisting each other with the tasks of removing damaged assets and clearing mud from households.
“Residents who are able to return to their homes now after floodwaters have receded are urged to first check on the home’s safety,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin said.
“Issues such as the structural integrity and electrical safety need to be considered before moving back into homes.
“The community should take the appropriate precautions, don’t use flood affected electrical appliances, be mindful of the hazards of asbestos and be alert of the health issues associated with the flood event,” he said.
If your house has been flooded, wear gloves and covered shoes when cleaning up, and treat any cuts with antiseptic. After cleaning the silt and debris from the floors and other surfaces, use disinfectant or bleach as well.
Further information in relation to health hazards can be obtained on the Queensland Health Factsheets which can be found on the Queensland Health website.
Police remind motorists not to attempt to cross flooded roads or causeways. Do not risk your life, the lives of those in your vehicle and the lives of rescuers. Nothing is so important that you need to enter floodwaters.
- Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date weather information, including up-coming forecasts www.bom.gov.au;
- The Traffic and Travel information line on 13 19 40 or http://131940.qld.gov.au;
- RACQ road closure site on 1300 130 595 or http://www.racq.com.au/travel/Maps_and_Directions/road_conditions
- For more information about flood and cyclone preparation and emergency kits can be found at www.disaster.qld.gov.au;
- Monitor local councils and local radio stations for local information and updates.
People experiencing personal hardship due to the flooding can call 1800 173 349, or visit the Department of Communities web site for updates on the types and availability of support.
If you would like to donate to the Premier’s Flood Relief appeal please call 1800 219 028
Primary producers are urged to contact the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority for assistance.
For practical health advice during and after floods visit the Queensland Health website.
If you have a question about your insurance policy, or need help identifying your insurer, call the Insurance Council of Australia's 24-hour emergency hotline on 1300 728 228.
07 3015 2444