Evacuation centres close

EVACUATION centres across the Lockyer Valley have officially closed their doors, with hundreds of displaced residents forced to find alternative accommodation.

Many evacuees from flood-ravaged towns – Grantham and Glenore Grove – have nothing to return home to after destructive flood waters reduced their towns to ruins, and in most cases left their homes inhabitable.

LJ Hooker Gatton principal John Boyd said more pressure had been placed on the real estate market which was already stretched to its limit prior to hundreds of homes being destroyed.

“We’ve been able to find a lot of evacuees homes, and we’ve also found a number of rental properties for people who can’t go back to their homes,” Mr Boyd said.

“Most residents displaced by the flooding are staying with family and friends for the time being, or some have found another form of temporary accommodation.”

In the next few weeks real estate agencies will be inundated with university students looking for temporary accommodation, and with thousands of homes damaged or considered unliveable the housing shortage in the Lockyer Valley is going to hit an all-time high.

“We’ve already got a few students looking for accommo- dation and we are already short on rentals,” Mr Boyd said.

“We are going to have a huge shortage on houses, and at the moment there isn’t a solution because there isn’t much land available to build.”

Former evacuation centres have been turned into recovery centres to help assist flood victims.



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