Property damage assessments complete as Townsville’s recovery continues
Date published: 20 February 2019
Townsville’s recovery is continuing as residents and businesses clean up following the unprecedented flood.
Almost 3,300 properties were identified with damage ranging from minor, moderate to severe.
Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Cr Les Walker said the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) had completed damage assessments across the city.
“The final figures from damage assessments identified 2063 properties with minor damage, 1101 with moderate damage and 135 with severe damage,” Cr Walker said.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service measures damage levels by the inundation from flood waters with minor levels classified as less than 25cm, moderate as up to 1m and severe as over 1m of flood water in the home.
“We know that many people, even with minor damage, may not be able to live in their homes at the moment. Families and friends are still supporting those who would otherwise be homeless as a result of this unprecedented event,” Cr Walker said.
“Our recovery won’t happen overnight, but staff and volunteers from different organisations and the community pitching in and helping put Townsville back together.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said it has been amazing to see how the city has banded together in tough times.
“These damage numbers are more than just a statistic – each one involves people in our community that have a story to tell,” Cr Hill said.
“We are urging residents to tell us their story and show us how their recovery is going by joining Team Townsville and tagging their social posts with #teamtownsville and #whateverittakes.”
All recovery information will be available soon through the Emergency Management Dashboard.