The State Government is currently conducting an assessment of hailstorm-damaged homes in Springfield Lakes, Ipswich and Logan, more than three months after a severe hailstorm struck Queensland in October 2020.
State Member for Jordan Charis Mullen MP issued a reminder to residents that assessors will be making the rounds, whilst observing COVID-19 safety guidelines, across 1,795 properties to collect information for insurance purposes, inspect structural damage, as well as check the water and electricity accessibility.
“They will be accompanied by officers from the Department of Communities (Thriving Communities Qld) who will be checking on individuals’ welfare and providing information and assistance on community and government services available to assist,” Ms Mullen said.
“If they miss you during their visits, they will be leaving calling cards in your mailbox. Alternatively, you will be able to call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 where you are able to discuss your individual concerns.”
Reports stated that more than 26,000 insurance claims have been filed with local companies as the hailstorm caused over $300 million in damages. Tradies have been hard at work but many homes remain unrepaired due to a shortage of workers and problems with their insurers.
A few residents were forced to relocate and rent a new house near until the repairs are completed, adding more challenges to their daily activities and routines.
Ms Mullen said that she has requested extra police patrols, especially in streets where residents have temporarily left their homes. For more concerns, residents may contact Ms Mullen’s office at 3447 9300.