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Council prioritising road fixes after heavy rain, flood cause damage

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Important road fixes such as Lobb Street Bridge at One Mile have been labelled a priority by the council after the city’s second flood in three months.

Ipswich City Council is carrying out flood damage assessments across the region as the council works to repair roads and potholes.

The Lobb Street bridge is expected to reopen later this week.

“It’s great news that this vital link in our city will be up and running this week, weather permitting,” Mayor Teresa Harding says.

The May flood peaked at major levels in Rosewood and Grandchester, and approached major levels in the CBD, but it has not led to home inundations.

“It highlights that every flood is different,” Cr Harding says.

“Many of those initial recovery services set up in the aftermath of the March flood event have now ceased or are now providing support through business-as-usual arrangements.

“The free flood waste collection provided by council is one of the services that has now concluded.

“But we know for many whose homes and businesses were impacted by the March flood that this is has been a traumatic event and requires ongoing and long-term recovery.”

Harding said residents struggling with insurance issues could raise those directly with the Insurance Council of Australia via the ICA website.

Mayor Harding said Ipswich was also included in several Queensland Government and Commonwealth Government funding assistance measures announced to support flood-affected communities.

Residents in the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs local government areas (LGA) who have been impacted by recent flooding can now access financial assistance and support services.

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch says this included Emergency Hardship Assistance grants, of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more, to support residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of this flooding.

“We know that some people and families in these regions have only just recovered from the February floods and now they have been impacted again,” Ms Enoch says.

“Only weeks later we’ve seen many properties and businesses across the south-east inundated by floodwaters and people isolated from their homes.”

To apply for grants and find more information:

Visit www.qld.gov.au/SEQFloodRecoveryMay2022 to check your eligibility, find out what documents you need, and apply online; or

Phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Additionally, anyone impacted by the flood event can apply for housing assistance, including homeowners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).

To report an road maintenance issue, which is an immediate public safety issue on a Ipswich City Council maintained road, call the council call centre (07) 3810 6666.

Ipswich City Council is undertaking a review of the February flood event, with further details to be made public soon.