Time to take stock as Logan flood recovery continues
Published: 12 Apr 2017
Residents and businesses will continue to clean up over the Easter weekend from record floods that inundated the City of Logan in the final days of March.
Mayor Luke Smith said that while a small number of roads and parks across the city remained closed due to flood damage, the vast majority of Logan had returned to business as usual.
“Most people were lucky enough to escape the worst of the floods and have been able to move on with their lives with little interruption,” Mayor Smith said.
“However, not everyone was so fortunate, and we are asking the people of Logan to be mindful of the work our community and Council is doing to clean up and repair the damage.
“The community response has been phenomenal as hundreds of people have pitched in to help their friends and neighbours clean up.
“We’ve heard stories of people travelling from as far away as Sydney to help and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit shown by people this past fortnight.
Mayor Smith said people may be inconvenienced by congestion on local roads near flood affected areas or the closure of some local parks and sports grounds, but urged people to be patient as the clean-up continued.
“Outside of the 199 houses that were inundated and hundreds more properties that were flood affected across the city, Council is continuing to investigate its public assets and tally the damage,” he said.
“While the damage is spread across the length and breadth of our city, it is not putting the brakes on this weekend’s Easter activities.
“We’ve got over 900 parks in Logan and less than 30 of them are closed so we would love to see people out and about enjoying the great outdoors over the long weekend and supporting local businesses.”
Mayor Smith said Council had identified 45 businesses that had been directly inundated, 20 of which were farmers.
A further 74 businesses (including 45 food businesses) were affected as a result of loss of trade, power, telecommunications or road closures.
“We met with some affected farmers earlier this week along with representatives from the State Government and farming advocate agencies to discuss what level of support could be offered to them,” he said.
“We understand it will take a long time for some people to get back on their feet, so we are here to help them and make sure they are aware of every level of assistance available to them.
“Hopefully this weekend will allow our city to collectively take a breath and enjoy a break.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out there and enjoy the great things Logan has to offer.
“We just ask that if residents are out and about this Easter weekend that they stay safe and remember that while the city is open for business, Council’s clean-up effort still has some way to go.”
Council’s kerbside collection service in flood affected areas will continue after the Easter break.
To find out more about the City of Logan’s flood recovery effort or to speak to someone about accessing flood support or services, please call 3412 3412.