Jan 06, 2021

Helping hand extended to flood affected communities

Helping hand extended to flood affected communities The flooded Thompson River near Longreach

As ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen continues to track across the Cape York Peninsula, disaster assistance is available to local councils to recover and rebuild from major flooding in its wake.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

The DRFA assistance will provide financial support to aid recovery in Carpentaria, Croydon, Etheridge and Mornington Shires, said Federal Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud.

“These remote councils up in Gulf Country have reported impacts from the floods such as uprooted trees, road damage from swollen rivers and isolation due to flooded access points, which has required a multi-agency response,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The joint Commonwealth and State funded DRFA will provide financial support for counter disaster operations and restoration of essential public assets, so these communities can get back on their feet sooner.”

Clean-up operations were ongoing in flood-affected regions across the north of the state, said Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan.

“Normanton airport recorded 259mm overnight on Sunday, with 186mm falling in just three hours.

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.