First Covid. Then the deluge. South East Queensland operators have been hit hard. After a cloud of lockdowns, restrictions and staff shortages, businesses across Brisbane have been devastated by the floods caused by a record-breaking rain bomb that dumped 80 per cent of Brisbane’s annual rainfall over the city on the weekend.

As people begin the clean-up and repair, it’s clear many won’t be able to reopen for some time. But there are ways you can support affected businesses and communities. In an Instagram call-out, we asked how we – and our readers – can help.

Albion has been ravaged by the flood. Its Craft’d Grounds precinct, which includes coffee roastery Seven Miles and brewery Brewtide on the ground floor, were badly damaged. This comes after most tenants in the 100-year-old former timber mill had major opening delays due to Covid. Cafe Collingwood Black was also badly affected, inundated by water rising to one metre high, as was mixed martial arts gym Fight Cross. A spokesperson told Broadsheet the gym’s owner was now sleeping on-site due to looters in the area.

“We designed our beautiful precinct to withstand levels above 2011, but, here we are again!” reads a post on Instagram. “Completely inundated, but we're not giving up.”⁠ Craft’d Grounds co-owner James Rennell is asking for help with the clean-up this week. We’re told Friday is the best day to lend a hand – weather pending – once floodwaters recede.

Around the corner, Fonzie Abbott has set up a pop-up retail shop out the front on Crosby Road to keep cash flow going during the clean-up. Stop by to grab takeaway coffees, beans, capsules, merch, beers and Wishbone spirits. You can also shop the full range online here.

Nearby, Botanica Albion, whose kitchen also produces food for Botanica’s Red Hill, Teneriffe and Camp Hill stores, was badly damaged. All Botanica stores are now closed until further notice – but you can support the team by visiting sibling store Greenhaus Coffee in Teneriffe.

“The sight of our beautiful new kitchen is unfathomable,” reads a post on Botanica’s Instagram. “The damage the space and equipment have copped at Albion means that we will be unable to produce food for any of our stores this week. We are keeping the spirits high, because what choice do we have. We are sending all the love to everyone out there in Brisbane. So many businesses and homes far worse off than us. We are devastated for everyone.”

Businesses and homes in Windsor were also devastated. Northey Street City Farm, a not-for-profit urban permaculture farm in the area, was badly impacted. Its Instagram describes the scenes: “So much damage at the Farm. It practically reached the 1974 level of flooding. Fridges are up turned, our cob ovens destroyed, nursery stock littered everwhere [sic], toilet doors off hinges, and water tanks in places you can’t imagine possible!” You can donate here to support them to reach a $20,000 target to help pay for flood relief and to go towards flood insurance excess.

Sandwich shop Sunny Side, which opened at the close of last year, was badly impacted, along with the many other retailers at Homezone in Windsor. “We're lost for words, but here goes,” reads an Instagram post. “Firstly, we are overwhelmed by the love and support that has come our way after the devastating flood that has impacted us in the past 24 hours. Our hearts are full and this has given us the strength to not give up … Your continued support means more now than ever before.”

Its owners, Mack Bowers and Charline De Conto, are planning a pop-up location so they can keep operating as they repair the damage. Details are still to come – keep an eye on their Instagram.

The Windsor home of young-gun chef Mal Meiers (founder of Food for Thought) and sommelier Kate Christensen was destroyed in the flood. A Go Fund Me campaign, set up by the couple’s friend Nathan Dwyer, is asking for help.

“They will have to start again from scratch as the home is now not livable [sic] and the majority of possessions unable to be saved,” writes Dwyer. “With a new baby and busy schedules, the couple never got around to arranging contents insurance before moving into their Windsor home. Mal is a passionate advocate for the R U OK charity and has always selflessly donated his time, energy and resources in raising much-needed funds & awareness for suicide prevention and mental health stigmas. He is the first person to reach out and support others in their time of need so now it's our turn to do the same.”

The team behind King Street Bakery has been without access or power to its production kitchen for several days. So it’s hosting a bake sale on Tuesday and Wednesday to sell its remaining stock. There’s a limited range of pies and sausages rolls – cold to take home and cook or hot and ready to go – plus Home Feast meals and coffee until sold out.

If you're looking to roll up your sleeves, Brisbane City Council is calling for volunteers for the Mud Army 2.0 to help businesses and residents recover from the devastation when the water recedes. Enlist here.

People in need of assistance are also urged to register their details online.