EMERALD is continuing to move into recovery mode today as residents return to their homes to begin the task of cleaning up in the aftermath of the flooding.
Emerald District Disaster Management Group said the Nogoa River had receded to a point which allowed authorities to inspect the Vince Lester Bridge and re-open the Capricorn Highway shortly after 9am today.
Local Disaster Management Group, Inspector Glenn Kachel said that residents of Riverview Street were particularly hard hit, with numerous dwellings sustaining severe inundation, destroying almost all furniture and personal effects.
“Crews of SES workers have arrived from as far away as Cairns to assist in the massive recovery operation,” he said.
“Water Police have now been redeployed to other areas as the waters recede, allowing the use of conventional vehicles back onto suburban streets.”
District neighbourhoods are banding together, with residents assisting each other with the tasks of removing damaged floor coverings, furniture and personal effects and clearing mud from households.
Footpath areas along the entire length of Kidd Street were piled high with ruined goods.
“Residents who are able to return to their homes now after floodwaters have receded are urged to first check on the home’s safety,” Inspector Glen Kachel said.
“Issues such as the structural integrity, electrical safety, power and water supply and snakes and other pests need to be considered before moving back into homes,” 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.
Major supermarkets in the town are in the process of restocking and are expected to re-open later this week.
Police patrols are continuing in the town with extra officers on hand from other areas of the state in order assist local Police as the town recovers.
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