Winter chill sets in for victims

Lorna Hicks (centre) and the ladies from the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre displaying the donated hand-made quilts.
Lorna Hicks (centre) and the ladies from the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre displaying the donated hand-made quilts.

THE recent cool weather means many have brought out the blankets and jumpers but for flood victims still recovering from the disaster, the cold snap has only brought out some tough financial situations.

Lorna Hicks from the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre told Jacquie Mackay from ABC morning radio yesterday those recovering from the floods were finding it hard to prepare for winter.

“This is when they are finding out that they have been making do of things but because of the cold weather, they really have to have more than just sleeping on the floor and such,” she said.

Lorna said a lot of people were discovering insurance claims and flood relief money wasn’t coming through for them as they had hoped.

“We have been seeing more people in the last few weeks too that have had trauma problems because of the financial difficulties they are finding themselves in now.

“Some of them were able to have a free-period in some of their payments and things like that and now that’s caught up with them which is causing them some difficulties too.”

Lorna said because the crisis point of the flood had passed, people had more time to reflect on what they had lost.

“While they were in a crisis they were getting by from day to day doing the normal things,” she said. “It’s really hitting home now as we try to help them take the next step and keep moving forward.

“A lot of people have found it very difficult to come for help… some of them have never had to look for assistance or have assistance, they have been able to do it themselves.

“We’ve been trying to help with as much linen and things as we can - blankets and doonas and especially our patchwork quilts that we’ve been given.”

The patchwork quilts have been donated from all around Australia from members of community groups who have taken hours to hand-make the quilts. Lorna urged people in need to come forward for a bit of hand up in preparation for winter.

“Please come forward and get help,” she said. ”

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