Thousands of flood-affected Queenslanders face months waiting for the State Government to decide if they can rebuild their shattered properties.
The Government’s statutory recovery authority, announced this week, it will have the power to determine if some streets can be rebuilt in the same way, or if they can be replaced at all.
That has led to widespread fears among business owners and residents in the worst flood zones that it could take weeks or even months before they could begin the painstaking task of renovating, repairing or rebuilding.
However Lord Mayor Campbell Newman called for more clarity, saying victims needed to know as quickly as possible if they would be allowed to rebuild.
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What is wrong with this State Labor Government, you just can’t leave Family’s on hold like this, we are talking about thousands of people. There are still people trying to do the best they can in cricket grounds, evacuation centers, whole Family’s camped in parks with nothing except what other people have given them, such as something to wear, hair brushes, some tin food, etc. These are people that have lost everything, cars, the family home, all their possessions, their jobs, and are trying to clean up, as well as helping others.
As time goes on, we are learning more and more about what actually happened. Brisbane has had major droughts and then floods all the time, after a huge flood back in 1974, the Government at the time decided to built the Wivenhoe Dam. This was built mainly for flood mitigation, and everyone was told Brisbane would never flood that badly again. What went wrong you may ask. The Government stuffed up is the only way to put it. There are thousands of people that should never have got flooded.
When we were in the drought period, the Governments were screaming global warming, so called experts were saying we will never see big rains again, useless building dams etc. Of course when the rains came, and they always do, the Government was warned that Wivenhoe was getting to capacity. There is allowence for 100% for useable water, and 120% for flood mitigation. When the Government got the warning Wivenhoe was at 190% and they were told more water was coming, the rain had not stopped, and in fact other parts of Queensland was starting to flood, the Government did nothing, they didn’t want to lose the precious water that had been collected. Brisbane had been on water restrictions for years. No dams had been built, and the population was of course getting bigger.
By the time the Government decided to let water out of Wivenhoe it was too late. Brisbane ended up with not only the flood water, but the water from the dam as well.
The picture being painted before the start of a commission of inquiry, headed by Supreme Court judge Cate Holmes, is that the Brisbane River flood was largely the product of water released from the dam.
So I am certainly wondering why the State Government is keeping these thousands of people on hold. A lot have already said that they wish to rebuild where they were. If most of the flood was the Governments own fault, let these people get on with their lives, instead of going around telling people they will have to wait.
To see larger versions of the photo’s above plus a lot more photo’s, the Courier Mail has a photo gallery of the big clean up.