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Update 9.30pm - Latest flood recovery information

Published: 2 April 2017

Update 9.30pm - Latest flood recovery information

The Logan flood emergency is nearing an end and the Logan City Council's focus is now shifting to the city’s recovery.

On the ground assessments have confirmed 83 houses in the Albert River catchment were inundated in habitable areas.

Fifty houses in the Logan River catchment were confirmed to be inundated, but this number could rise to more than 300 when inspectors gain access to inundated areas.

Many additional properties have experienced under-house and uninhabited outbuilding inundation.

Evacuation Centres

The Beenleigh PCYC evacuation centre at 20-38 Alamein Street remains open. 

Community recovery and financial assistance

The National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements have now been activated to assist people directly affected by the flood.

The areas where financial assistance will be made available are: North Maclean, South Maclean, Munruben, Stockleigh, Jimboomba, Chambers Flat, Logan Village, Logan Reserve, Crestmead, Marsden, Kingston, Buccan, Park Ridge South, Waterford, Loganlea, Meadowbrook, Bethania, Edens Landing, Slacks Creek, Holmview, Beenleigh, Loganholme, Eagleby, Cornubia, Carbrook and Waterford West.

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au/ and applications for a range of grants can be made online at www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/community-recovery-grants-portal/index.html

Information about grants is also available by calling 1800 173 349.

A Community Recovery Hub will open tomorrow 10am - 5pm (Monday 3 April) at the Beenleigh Entertainment Centre, on the corner of Kent and Crete Streets, Beenleigh.

Business assistance

The Logan City Council, The Department of State Development and SEQ South – together with the Logan City Council – are coordinating a local response for affected businesses.

If your business has been affected we encourage you to fill out the following form www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/flood-mapping/report-business-inundated-with-water

Local business operators seeking advice about assistance, or information about getting their business back up and running, should also contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Volunteering

People wishing to assist and/or volunteer should call 3412 3412 to register or visit www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au

Donations

People wishing to make donations should do this through GIVIT at www.givit.org.au

Council clean-up

Clean-up crews have been progressively entering areas that have been inundated as the water recedes.

If your house has been inundated please complete this form and submit online www.disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/flood-mapping/report-houses-inundated-with-water

This will help Logan City Council to provide support to flood affected residents in the coming days.
Council encourages you to share this information with anyone who may be affected.

If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact Logan City Council Customer Service on 3412 3412.

Mosquitos

Council will double larval mosquito management patrols and treatments. Please report mosquito and midge infestations to 3412 3412.

Insurance

The Insurance Council of Australia has handy tips on how to make insurance claims after a disaster http://www.insurancecouncil.com.au/

How to stay safe when cleaning up

If your house has been flooded, wear gloves and covered shoes when cleaning up, and treat any cuts immediately with antiseptic.

Apply a protective dressing to the wound and see a doctor if injuries are serious.

After cleaning silt and debris from floors and other surfaces, disinfect the surfaces with household bleach or disinfectant.

Clean and disinfect refrigerators and food storage cupboards thoroughly.

Be sure to thoroughly clean, using hot water and detergent, any cooking and eating utensils that may have come into contact with flood water.

Do not eat food which has been in contact with flood water.

Never walk through floodwaters, and don’t let children play in or around storm water drains and creeks.

Apply insect repellent and other necessary personal protection against mosquitoes.

Waste disposal

Rubbish skips will be located centrally, in areas where houses have been inundated. Information about their locations will be posted to the disaster dashboard and publicised when they are placed.

In the meantime flood damaged items, such as carpet and furnishings can be placed on the footpath for collection.

Please disconnect and cut the power cords of flood damaged electrical items and remove the doors from refrigerators prior to placing these on the footpath.

If you wish to dispose of waste, the opening hours of your closest facility are at: www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/waste-and-recycling/waste-disposal-facilities

Please note free dumping is only available to people clearing flood debris and for those whose wheelie bins have not been collected.

Asbestos disposal

Please be cautious when dealing with items such as lino, fibro and underlay that may contain asbestos.

Council's website details how to dispose of asbestos. If you are unsure what to do contact Council on 3412 3412.

Details about how to deal with asbestos is available at:
www.logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/waste-and-recycling/asbestos-disposal

Electrical equipment and appliances

Use extreme caution when handling electrical equipment while cleaning up after the floods. Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can cause electrocution, shocks and fires.

Household items such as kettles, toasters, appliances and power tools that may have become wet or submerged in the floodwaters should not be used until they are checked by an electrician.

Larger appliances that have been in contact with water, such as air-conditioning units, should also be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before use.

For advice call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662 or visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au
To find a licensed electrician, use the free online booking service at www.masterelectricians.com.au or call Master Electricians Australia on 1300 889 198 or at www.neca.asn.au or by calling the National Electrical and Communications Association on (07) 3276 7950.

Reconnecting electricity

Flood-affected buildings need to be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before electricity can be reconnected.

Home owners and business must engage a licensed electrical contractor to inspect the wiring to ensure it is safe.

For more information about electrical safety after wet weather, visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662.

Advice about reconnections is also available from Energex (phone 13 12 53).

Water supply

Logan’s drinking water is safe.

Logan Hospital

The Logan Hospital remains accessible from the Logan Motorway.

Go Via will waive the tolls at the on/off ramps at the Loganlea Rd toll point only, until 5pm Monday 3 April.

Power outages

There are more than 1500 homes still without power in Logan. For more information and updates on responses to power outages, visit the Energex website at https://www.energex.com.au/home/power-outages/emergency-outages.

Parks, reserves and trail closures

The following parks, reserves and trails are currently closed until further notice:
* Neville Lawrie Reserve, Daisy Hill
* Cornubia Forest Park, Cornubia
* Alexander Clark Park
* Kimberley Forest Park, Shailer Park
* Springwood Conservation Park, Springwood
* Spring Mountain Reserve and associated trail networks through Parrot Reserve, Lyndale Reserve and Thornbill Reserve, Greenbank
* Spring Mountain Forest Park, Greenbank
* Birnam Range Reserve, Jimboomba
* Gould Adams Park
* Doug Larsen Park
* Timothy Park
* Berrinba Wetlands
* Loganlea Picnic Grounds
* Mt Warren Oval
* Noyer Park
* Albert River Parklands
* Alberta Park
* Riverdale Park
* JJ Smith Park
* Meakin Park
Mountain bike trails in Cornubia Forest Park, Kimberley Forest Park, Underwood Park and Neville Lawrie Reserve remain closed.

The potential for reopening parks is expected to be assessed on Monday 3 April.

Sports and Aquatic Centres

Aquatic Centres, Indoor Sports Centres, Logan Entertainment Centre, Beenleigh Events Centre and other community venues have been closed and all sporting fixtures within sports centres are cancelled until further notice.

Community recovery contacts

* The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services provides a wide range of assistance and grants www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/community-recovery-grants-portal/index.html or call 1800 173 349.

* The Department of Transport and Main Roads has an extensive list of road closures at the QLD Traffic website at www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au – it includes an interactive map, a list of road closures and live traffic cameras. You can also call 13 19 40.

* Red Cross www.redcross.org.au

* The Insurance Council of Australia Disaster Hotline (phone 1800 734 621) can help policy holders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about a claim’s process.

* Please remember, Emergency Departments are only for seriously injured or ill people who need immediate treatment and you should visit your local GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for any minor injuries.

Media contact

For media inquiries, please call 0401 076 149 or email martinking@logan.qld.gov.au
Media Contact: Martin King.