Ten days after Mother Nature turned nasty, the City of Logan yesterday finally got the upper-hand.
The post-Christmas period produced a tornado, storms, a heatwave, and flooding that tested the resolve of thousands of residents, business owners and primary producers.
But under sunny skies, Logan City Council clean-up crews and community support officers steered an expanded multi-agency phase to the recovery operation.
In addition to providing ongoing support and assistance to hundreds of residents through two Community Recovery Hubs, further inroads were made in removing fallen vegetation, clearing roads, and opening other access points in the hardest-hit suburbs including Cedar Grove, Mundoolun, Cedar Vale, Jimboomba and Greenbank.
On the ground with Council as part of the multi-agency recovery were:
- A contingent from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) tasked with assisting in the restoration of critical infrastructure.
- Energex crews working towards having power restored to most local properties by Sunday (January 7). As of noon yesterday (Thursday, January 4), 1575 properties in Logan were still without power.
- Chainsaw experts processing tree trunks and branches into pieces that can be easily removed.
- The State Emergency Service responded to 10 callouts in the last 24 hours, down from more than 100 the previous day. Anyone needing SES assistance should call 132 500. If the situation is life-threatening, call 000.
- A team from not-for-profit Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) will arrive today (Friday, January 5). The crew will initially assist in the roads clean-up. DRA staff include veterans, retired first responders and other volunteers.
The mayor visited Cedar Grove yesterday to observe the work being done by the ADF.
“There’s a lot of support for the ADF in the community – it’s a morale boost because residents out this way have been through so much over the holiday period when many others were celebrating,” he said.
“They can see there are a lot more hands working on getting things done which is terrific.”
From today (Friday, January 5), Council’s Local Recovery Group (LRG) will take the Logan lead following on from the disaster response effort of the last 10 days.
In addition to driving the ongoing clean-up, the LRG will also aim to ensure impacted residents, businesses and farmers are aware of all available hardship funding and support and Council infrastructure and services are fully restored as soon as possible.
As at noon on Thursday, January 4, more than 600 meals were served at the Community Recovery Hub at Jimboomba on Wednesday, up from around 400 the previous day.
Hot showers and free laundry services ran all day. The hub, located in the Jimboomba Library and Community Centre on Honora St, provides a place for residents to engage with Community Recovery staff, receive referrals for community and government agencies, apply for hardship grants and receive insurance information. Support for residents impacted by storms, blackouts or flooding is available through the Community Recovery Hotline – 1800 173 349 – or online
More than 70 people attended the first morning of a new pop-up Community Recovery Hub at Cedar Grove, with a number accessing the free hot showers. The support service, operating out of the Landcare Environmental Centre, 441 Cedar Grove Rd, from 9am-4pm will operate through to Sunday, January 7.