Heart warming stories of survival emerge from Chinchilla
HEART warming stories of survival and mateship have emerged from the Darling Downs town that turned white today - Chinchilla.
Earlier today a freak hail storm wreaked havoc on the township of about 5,500 people at about 4pm.
Some houses reported a foot of hail falling, with stones the size of golf balls.
Windows at the Chinchilla Hospital were smashed and local SES workers were inundated with calls for help.
Now that the supercell system has passed stories of heroic actions by neighbours and emergency services are spreading.
Many residents took to social media to post photos of damage and destruction, but others also offered help to the community in its time of need.
Luke Phipps said the community had rallied.
"It's amazing how close our community really is, when ever something bad happens in Chinchilla people are always willing to help others," he said.
"Thank you to everyone for posting updates, especially Jamie Hurley and thank you to all the SES members and firemen going around helping people. Glad to be a part of the community."
Cameron Pope reminded the community to help neighbours.
"If you have anyone living next door to you who you think might need a check on... knock on their door and say hello," he said.
His offer of help was typical of the mood in the community.
"If anyone needs any sort of assistance feel free to (let me know)," he said.
Due to power outages, doing something as simple as cooking dinner became difficult for some.
Tysha-rocheal Hall asked: "Would any one have a spare portable gas camping stove and some kind of light we could use so I can cook the kids tea and stuff please?
"I also have a baby that I need to boil water for."
It wasn't long before Chinchilla residents offered to help.
Jesse Hatherall was quick to thank emergency services personnel who bravely put their lives on the lines, many of them volunteers.
"I take my hat off to the SES, the fire fighters and everyone else that puts our needs before their own," he said.
Joy Kuligowski used to live in Chinchilla and said she was thinking of the residents.
"I'm so impressed when I read of all your offers of assistance to each other.
"Makes me proud to call Chinchilla 'home' even though its been many years since I've actually lived there."
Some in the town were worried about Chinchilla State School students who had been out on a camp.
Andrew Dixon gave an update.
"Children are all safe and well and heading back to school. Please come down and pick up your children at the School Hall. They should be back at about 6.15pm," he said.
Mitre 10 opened its doors for emergency supplies.
The owners offered to take personal and credit card details as payment as there was no power.
The IGA also remained open.
As expected many pets in the town were traumatised by the storm.
Rikki Rousu found a dog that had ran away during the height of the storm.
"Anyone own this old boy, he's freaking out," she said.
"Found in Gower St."
Sally Crothers found a missing bird and took to Facebook to help find its owner.
"Missing bird found in storm wondering if anybody owns it," she said.
There was a silver lining to the storm for some of the youngesters in the town with Chinchilla Christian College's Chris McPhail telling parent Rachelle Fromm that the school would be closed tomorrow.
No information is currently available on whether the state school will open its doors.