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Samaritan’s Purse responding to Townsville Flood

“It’s a one in 100-year event…” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

On Sunday, 3 February, the floodgates at Townsville’s Ross River Dam were opened exacerbating flooding across Townsville and surrounding suburbs.


Thank you for your generous support for the Townsville flood disaster response. We have so far been able to help 125 homeowners with immediate clean-up of their homes.

After meeting with human and social services, housing authorities and Townsville City Council, we are now preparing to enter the second phase of our deployment: making homes ‘rebuild ready’.

This phase involves identifying homes that have had internal flood damage and especially those that have been inundated with black water (waste water and sewage). With homeowners’ consent, we will remove affected gyprock to enable the house to dry out and treat the wooden frame for mould spores.

Mould is a problem in all floods in Australia and especially in hot climates like Townsville. According to the World Health Organisation, “There is clinical evidence that exposure to mould and other dampness-related microbial agents increases the risks of rare conditions, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic alveolitis, chronic rhinosinusitis and allergic fungal sinusitis”. * This is why the treatment of mould is critical.

Already in our response a couple of weeks ago, we came across mould that was one centimetre thick on garage shelving in a flood-affected home.

Our hope in entering this phase is to not only help homeowners to start rebuilding their lives, but to also create a healthy living environment. We do this Helping in Jesus’ name.

If you would like to financially contribute to the costs of deployment, please click below.



God bless you

*World Health Organisation, Children Living in Homes with Problems of Damp, 2009

Post Updated: 13 March 2019