Cairns Regional Council has announced an independent review of last week’s flooding to help better plan for future severe weather events.
Mayor Bob Manning said flooding to the northern and western parts of the city caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to infrastructure and lost productivity.
“We saw incredible levels of water in streets, especially in the northern and western parts of the city,” he said.
“In some cases, we have seen flooding that has not been experienced before and we need to understand why this occurred and what could be done to reduce the negative impacts of such severe rainfall events in the future.
“This is where we are calling for assistance from the community. Residents who have captured the impacts of flooding around their homes through photos and videos, or who have kept data from the event are encouraged to share their information.”
A dedicated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been set up to receive information about the flood event, with all material collected to be forwarded to specialist independent consultants who have been engaged to undertake the review.
Cr Manning said crews worked across the Easter weekend to restore and repair infrastructure and services impacted by the flood event, including major works to clear debris from the primary water intake from Copperlode Dam.
Lake Morris Road, which accesses Copperlode Dam, is likely to remain closed to all vehicles for an extended time due to landslips. Repairs to roads, bridges, footpaths and park infrastructure are also ongoing.
The Queensland Government has declared a Disaster Event for the Cairns region and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding has been made available to assist with the clean-up bill.