Four-month-old Memphis Dooley with mum Amanda Kerle and dad Robert Dooley at their temporary accommodation in the Ipswich Indoor Cricket Centre.
Four-month-old Memphis Dooley with mum Amanda Kerle and dad Robert Dooley at their temporary accommodation in the Ipswich Indoor Cricket Centre. Claudia Baxter

Evacuation centres winding down

THE primary flood evacuation centre at Ipswich Showgrounds was starting to wind down yesterday, while arrangements for community recovery centres stepped up.

Red Cross field operations officer Tim McInerny said 146 people had stayed at the showgrounds on Sunday night.

“It's actually the quietest day we've had so far,” he said.

“We're not encouraging people to come along now.

“All the smaller Ipswich centres are starting to demobilise.”

At its peak, the showgrounds centre fed 600 people.

Mr McInerny said the evacuation centre was expected to operate for a couple more days.

“We're assisting recovery centres in Ipswich,” he said.

“People have lost their homes or might not have had homes to start with.

“We're looking at what their needs are.

“The council's looking at a food distribution centre.”

Flood-affected Ipswich residents needing help can call Ipswich City Council on 1800 173 349 or 3810 6700.

Advice provided may include information about insurance, the removal of debris, the type and availability of temporary accommodation and rebuilding a home.

Ipswich residents affected by the Queensland floods are able to access financial help and counselling services at The Bremer Institute of TAFE on Byrne Street, Bundamba, as well as the showgrounds.

Applications for financial assistance can be made in person at the Community Recovery Centre or by phoning 1800 173 349.



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