The immediate threat of severe weather and floods has just about passed for the Gold Coast, as the city now looks towards a big clean-up.
There is still a minor flood warning for the Albert River, which borders on the northern Gold Coast. Flood alerts for the Nerang and Coomera Rivers are now cancelled.
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We’re being told to expect runoff for at least the next couple of days after what the Gold Coast Mayor has dubbed “a one in a thirty-year rain event.”
Tom Tate surveyed the aftermath of the deluge from the air this morning, taking a flight in the Westpac chopper.
He admits that the city has held up pretty well.
“We have dodged a bullet, and really we’ve been doing that for quite some time.
“I can just look after our disaster management and how we’re doing things.
“We’ll continue to do that,” the Mayor said.
After days of constant rain for the city, many low-lying areas such as Tallebudgera, Mudgeeraba, and Currumbin are still dealing with floodwaters.
Clean-up efforts are beginning immediately, with crews to look at debris and minor scarping on our beaches and along river beds.
“There’ll still be runoffs for the next few days, Albert river is still running very strong, I have to say that some of the town planning was right to the edge,” Mr Tate said.
“The water came right up to the back door of a lot of our houses.
“Some sporting fields, I was interested, have drained very well, so top marks to our officers.
“Beaches, scarping is a bit further north, but down south palm beach and the like, the artificial reef held its ground.
“It’ll take us two or three days to clean everything up but we’ll be ready for the Easter holidays,” he said.
The Gold Coast is also expected to receive assistance for our clean-up through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud says it will assist councils with the costs of road and infrastructure repairs and other recovery efforts.
“Days of continuous heavy rainfall has resulted in widespread damage to roads, several landslides, and extensive debris over road networks,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Flooded roads and causeways have also led to isolation and other disruptions to communities.
“We will continue to act swiftly to provide financial support to councils for counter disaster operations and the restoration of essential public assets, to help these communities to recover as quickly as possible.
“The Australian Government is working closely with the Queensland Government and stands ready to provide further assistance as required.”
It’s understood Gold Coast Council will be conducting a few more assessments over the next week, but will definitely use the assistance to help the city recover.
“It’s a fantastic initiative to come out and say so early in the piece – really all the efforts with SES and disaster management unit, all our staff.
“We’ll be applying for that relief so that we can physically replace damaged public property, and claim for it so we appreciate that announcement very much,” the Mayor said.
One thing that the Mayor already wants to change about the city’s response going forward, is the prevention of motorists who risk driving through flooded causeways.
“I saw it from the air as well as on television news reports last night,’’ he said.
“You can’t legislate for stupidity but I will be asking our City officers to review how we close local roads, when we close them and what signage we use to do that.
“I’m staggered to see people driving through flooded roads. It may be a matter of Queensland Police increasing fines, or a combination of more education and heavier fines,’’ he said.
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