Damage assessments following summer natural disasters to continue

Christmas storms were followed by flooding. Photo by Christine Hunt.
Christmas storms were followed by flooding. Photo by Christine Hunt.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) will soon carry out the first follow up damage assessments on properties impacted by natural disasters over the summer period.

The Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring (DARM) operation will occur over a two, two-week long periods from Monday April 15. Disaster impacted homes and businesses from Cook Shire to the Gold Coast and inland to Western Downs to be visited.

The QRA estimates a total of 2,975 properties will be assessed between April 15 – 19 and April 29 to May 3. QRA officers will collect information on property damage, progress of repairs, insurance matters and residents’ ability to access financial and personal support when required.

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The properties under assessment were identified as damaged following over 10,000 rapid assessments done by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and QRA in the aftermath of the various summer disasters such as cyclones Jasper and Kirrily.

Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services Nikki Boyd explains the assessment seeks to identify and act on the ongoing issues and disaster recovery Queenslander’s face.

“This upcoming DARM operation is another crucial step in our response to the 2023-24 disaster season, keeping all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders informed as we work to get Queenslanders back on their feet” he said in a statement.

DARM schedule:

Monday April 29 – Friday May 3, South-East Queensland (SEQ Christmas storms)
Properties to be visited: 963

LGAs: Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim

For more information visit qra.qld.gov.au/darm

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