Evacuation centre numbers expect to swell with river level
EVACUATION centres were expected to swell last night as 300 Ipswich homes were evacuated yesterday.
Evacuees assembled at the Ipswich Show Grounds and the Shiloh Christian Church in Goodna fearing their homes could be inundated.
Around 100 people had registered at the Ipswich site just after 1pm, with many more expected to follow when the flood peaked later in the evening.
Codie Pokrajic and Anthony Stone fled their Chalk St home in Leichhardt yesterday, when surrounding streets were flooded.
Mr Stone had expected his home to be cut off when he first heard heavy rain was predicted over the weekend.
"It's the second time I've been in a flood. I had a gut feeling it was going to happen," he said.
"We'll be staying down here until tonight and we can see the water has gone down."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the evacuation centres will remain open until residents can get back into their homes.
He said it was too early to estimate how many people might register at the centres.
"It's hard to tell. They will start rolling in. We have evacuated 300 homes," he said.
"The most important thing is to make people feel safe and secure and to be back in their homes as soon as possible.
"We are all hurting and feeling the stress."
Cr Pisasale said counselling services were being provided.
Ipswich City Council provided the evacuation centre with the Red Cross running the operation.
The Salvation Army was on hand to provide food for the evacuees.