Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald, queensland fire and rescue service, ses

Fire and rescue crews hard at work at scenes of destruction

AS MANY people count their blessings and get back to normal after the weekend, fire and rescue crews are working long and hard on the clean-up.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service area director Corey Bock said his crews were working with Department of Communities, council and SES to help get lives back on track.

"Today we had a big effort in Ipswich," Mr Bock said yesterday.

"We had eight rural trucks and two SES and two urban trucks and they cleaned up Ipswich. Other jobs might come up but we basically ticked everything off the list."

He said clean-up crews hosed mud and debris out of about eight businesses and 38 houses. The main areas of need were off Tiger and Keogh Sts in West Ipswich and behind Ipswich racetrack in Bundamba.

"A lot of people helped themselves, which is good," Mr Bock said.

QFRS also had 11 trucks at Mt Tarampa doing similar jobs, he said.

However, the real centre of operations was Laidley where water and mud invaded homes and businesses.

"There has been a massive effort out at Laidley," he said.

"We had 19 trucks out there today. It's been full-on.

"We expect to be out there another three or four days yet. They've put a big dint in that. It looks a lot different to the start of the week but there's a lot of work to do."

They've put a big dint in that. It looks a lot different to the start of the week but there's a lot of work to do.

Auxiliary crews including those from Mulgowie and Murphy's Creek had also chipped in with help.

As if the local effort wasn't enough, the Ipswich QFRS was sending a contingent to help out in flood-ravaged Bundaberg.

"This morning we sent seven rural trucks to Bundaberg," Mr Bock said.

This morning we sent seven rural trucks to Bundaberg.



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