City battered in 12-hour storm
by Sue Clohesy
STORMS on Sunday night battered Ipswich for almost 12 hours causing loss of power to more than 2500 households, water damage to homes and flash flooding.
The State Emergency Services (SES) received 82 calls for help across south-east Queensland, including six from Ipswich. Calls came from Tivoli, Karalee, Basin Pocket, Pine Mountain and Flinders View.
Flinders View resident Anita Piscopo had her doorways sandbagged to prevent flooding after waking to find a lot of water flooding her back yard.
"I woke at 6am and saw it. It was like a waterfall," Mrs Piscopo said.
"It almost made it into the house before I called the SES."
SES workers sandbagged her Dianthus Place home just in time and hoped it would prevent possible flooding from storms forecast last night. Mrs Piscopo's back yard is about one metre lower than the land being developed behind her and it was flooded because of drainage problems on the development.
"The developers are looking at fixing it," she said.
"They're also going to replace the wooden sleepers (back fence) because they are waterlogged they've been very nice about it."
SES Ipswich area controller Arie van den Ende said the other jobs were all maintenance, mainly fixing roofs leaking because of clogged gutters.
"It's a huge problem," Mr van den Ende said.
"We keep asking if their gutters are clean, especially if they live with trees around the house.
"If they're not, what happens is the water all sits in one spot and that is where the downpipe is.
"So, if it's clogged, it goes into the house at the weakest point, which is usually the light fittings, so we go and tarp it up."
The unusual storm cell for this time of year had Energex crews working around the clock, restoring power to residents at Walloon, Kholo, Mount Crosby and Karana Downs.
Energex spokesman Graham Metcalf said the probable cause of power loss was a lightning strike and all 2680 residents had their power back on by mid-morning, with the majority restored within two hours.