SES volunteer John McVeigh
SES volunteer John McVeigh Brian Bennion

Clean the gutters to avoid serious storm damage

IPSWICH SES has been swamped with call-outs to jobs that could have been prevented with a bit of maintenance around the home.

Veteran SES volunteer John McVeigh said they were getting five or six calls every storm to homes that have sustained damaged just because the gutters had not been cleaned.

"Over the years I have been to so many jobs where people are sitting there, their ceiling has fallen in, and all they had to do was clean their gutters before the storm," he said.

"It is just so frustrating to see all of this damage just from pure negligence.

To tackle the problem, Mr McVeigh has built a demonstration model for the Get Ready Disaster Expo held this weekend.

The model replicates damage caused by a light shower of rain on a roof filled with debris.

All it takes is a tennis ball clogging the downpipe and the overflow slots in the gutter soon fill with silt, sending water back into the ceiling and into light sockets.

SES Ipswich controller Matthew Pinder said lack of maintenance was a common occurrence.

"We have turned up to addresses where there is literally things growing out of the gutter," he said.

Mr Pinder said it prevented the SES from attending to serious storm damage.

The Get Ready Disaster Expo will be held on Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Ipswich Showgrounds.



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