Launch of the flood adaptation service – L’Écho

Local nonprofit Mullum Cares has launched a new service to help flood-affected residents make their homes livable and better able to withstand future floods.

The service will combine some of the key elements of rebuilding and repairing a flood-affected home.

This includes providing people with a summary of the best information about renovating or rebuilding after a flood, and providing a service to manage this project from start to finish.

It will also include providing face-to-face and online training for those wishing to carry out their own flood adaptation work.

Finally, there will be support in the form of assisting local residents affected by flooding to obtain electrical safety inspections and retrofit reports.

This will give homeowners an idea of ​​the additional costs of raising power points, hot water, and air conditioning units above flood levels.

This part of the project is funded by a $10,000 grant from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

Mullum Cares founder Sasha Mainsbridge says she uses renovating and rebuilding her own home as a test case to help understand what is involved in not only returning a home to livable condition, but also make it resistant to flooding.

“I’m accelerating research and getting quotes from local tradesmen to renovate my house, so it’s as flood-proof as possible,” Ms Mainsbridge said.

“I pay all costs not covered by my insurer, out of my own pocket, to eliminate any conflict of interest.”

One of the main motivations for the project is the fact that most insurance companies are only willing to pay the cost of restoring a damaged home before flooding, rather than making it more resistant to flooding. future events.

“We have to plan ahead,” Ms Mainsbridge said.

More than 3,600 homes across rivers in northern New South Wales have been deemed uninhabitable, due to flooding, by state emergency service assessors.

To register for the project, visit mullumcares.com.au.