Brisbane flood recovery speeds ahead

BRISBANE continues to move forward in recovery mode as residents proceed with the task of cleaning up in the aftermath of the flooding.

The river levels have dropped considerably and many of the main roads are completely open to traffic while rail and buses are back to normal services.

District Disaster Coordinator Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin said that residents are assisting each other with the tasks of removing damaged assets and clearing mud from households.

“Residents who are able to return to their homes now after floodwaters have receded are urged to first check on the home’s safety,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin said.

“Issues such as the structural integrity and electrical safety need to be considered before moving back into homes.

“The community should take the appropriate precautions, don’t use flood affected electrical appliances, be mindful of the hazards of asbestos and be alert of the health issues associated with the flood event,” he said.

If your house has been flooded, wear gloves and covered shoes when cleaning up, and treat any cuts with antiseptic. After cleaning the silt and debris from the floors and other surfaces, use disinfectant or bleach as well.

Further information in relation to health hazards can be obtained on the Queensland Health Factsheets which can be found on the Queensland Health website.

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