Flood report builds back better

The 2021-22 Southern Queensland Floods State Recovery and Resilience Plan 2022-24 shows both the scale of the disaster and the work underway to recover.

Impacts of the South East Queensland Floods include:

  • Estimated social, financial and economic losses of $7.7 billion
  • 21,500 calls for help to the SES
  • More than 98,000 insurance claims led to $1.3 billion being spent on damaged property and assets
  • More than 1,600 sport and recreation facilities were hit by the event
  • More than 2,300 social housing properties were in some way damaged from the flood
  • Community recovery hubs had contact with more than 17,300 people
  • More than 600 educational facilities were affected with six schools unable to reopen for some time

A record $2.1 billion in joint Australian and Queensland government recovery funding has been allocated including the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund, the $150 million betterment fund and a $28 million flood risk management package.

State Recovery Coordinator Major General Jake Ellwood (Retd) paid tribute to the resilience of Queenslanders.

“You see the very best of Queenslanders at the worst of times,” Major General Ellwood said.

“This plan finds a way forward for recovery but also focusses on resilience to mitigate the impacts of future flooding events.”

The Southern Queensland State Recovery and Resilience Plan can be found here: www.qra.qld.gov.au/2021-22-southern-queensland-floods