Flood help pours in
NEARLY 180 people remained in Ipswich's four evacuation centres last night as the mammoth flood recovery task continued.
Ipswich City Council figures now show more than 2000 homes and 1000 businesses were inundated last Tuesday and Wednesday.
An exhausted and emotional mayor Paul Pisasale has paid tribute to the thousands of people, both locals and visitors from other towns and cities, interstate and overseas, who volunteered in the clean-up and recovery process.
“The city angels are out everywhere – the people of Ipswich are absolute troopers,” he said.
“We've had 1800 people registered as volunteers plus thousands of others who've gone about their business on individual sites.”
In what promises to be an enormous morale boost to those who have already worked their fingers to the bone, 80 National Rugby League players will arrive in Ipswich tomorrow and Wednesday.
Players from the Parramatta Eels, Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers will help clean up suburbs including Goodna, Booval, Karalee and Brassall. Tigers backs Lote Tuqiri and Benji Marshall will be among the idolised players to drop in and lend a hand.
Up to 100 lifesavers are scheduled to arrive from Maroochydoore tomorrow and Wednesday, and five bus loads of Gold Coast volunteers will arrive today.
Cr Pisasale said he had been inspired by the reaction to the crisis. “People have shown an enormous amount of courage and strength – they've proven to everyone that our spirit and love for this city won't waver,” he said.
“There are doctors in Ipswich Hospital whose houses were flooded but haven't missed work – plus the contributions of staff in the emergency ward – it gives me goose bumps to think about it.”
Meanwhile, Energex has sent 250 crews throughout the south-east Queensland region in an effort to restore power.
As of yesterday there were still 3400 Ipswich homes without power, in suburbs including Bellbird Park, Camira, Goodna, Booval, Blackstone, Karalee, Tivoli, Redbank and Chuwar.
There are about 1000 homes in the Brisbane Valley without power and 850 in the Lockyer Valley.
The Bremer River has continued to drop steadily since Saturday morning and is now at eight metres.