Flood bill to top $100 million
IPSWICH City Council is still adding up the damages bill from the terrible floods but indications are it will top $100 million.
City works committee chairman Trevor Nardi said council staff were working hard to make sure the rebuilding work could start soon.
“We're mainly doing assessment of the damage at the moment,” Cr Nardi said.
“We've got to do our paperwork so we can get it into the State Government and get the money we need.
“We'll be talking to all the councillors about the damage in their division.
“You'll see some action in the coming weeks but what we're mainly doing at the moment apart from picking up rubbish is clearing roads.
“There'll be a massive amount of money needed to rebuild roads, fill potholes, that sort of thing.
“It could be over $100 million; it's too early to tell. The rest of it is general mop-ups and getting people's lives back on track.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council had already spent more than $2 million just on general cleaning up.
“The cost of fixing parks, bridges, council infrastructure, I reckon $100 million is on the light side,” Cr Pisasale said.
“But the final cost to the council, whether it is $100 million, $200 million; it's nothing compared to the human cost.
“What happened out at places like Grantham, you can't put a price on that.”
Cr Nardi said most of Ipswich's rebuilding would be done by contractors, including other councils, leaving Ipswich staff to do a lot of the everyday work.
“I think it's only a matter of weeks before the work starts but it will be months before some of it is finished,” he said.
“But there'll be no dilly-dallying; it will be straight in there.
“I think the city has done a fantastic job. It's only been three weeks and things are getting back to normal.
“Slowly the people are coming back and getting themselves into some sort of living condition.
“But some people have been told it will be 12 months before they get back in their house so there's still going to be a lot of pain.”