March was a month of weather extremes for SEQ, with Somerset Regional Council joining seven more Queensland councils as drought declared before ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the region.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne declared Somerset Regional Council along with Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie and the remainder of Banana as officially in-drought.
The latest round of declarations in early March brought the total area of Queensland where drought is declared to 87.47%, the highest level reach in the state’s history.
While ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought rain relief for some, other parts of the region are still feeling the effects of last week’s deluge.
Councils in the southern parts of the region – Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim – were hit the hardest.
Logan Mayor Luke Smith declared flooding in the area worse than the 2011 floods, as 250 homes were inundated in the area.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen also highlighted the devastation to the region’s primary producers as he called for government assistant to get businesses back on track as soon as possible.
Mayors across the region dug in to assist their communities with the flood fight and continue to support businesses and residents to get back on their feet once again.
Financial assistance and support information for ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie affected areas of SEQ is available here.