Emily Alback helps deliver boxes of goods to a flood-affected family’s car at the Salvation Army depot in Bundamba. The shed itself was flooded last week, but is again close to full from donations for flood-affected families.
Emily Alback helps deliver boxes of goods to a flood-affected family’s car at the Salvation Army depot in Bundamba. The shed itself was flooded last week, but is again close to full from donations for flood-affected families. Rob Williams

Bundamba Salvos return from flood

THE Salvation Army Bundamba depot has re-opened after it became a victim of the city’s flood disaster.

Retired Salvation Army Major Russell Adams said the depot was transformed into a distribution centre for donations, with everything from non-perishable food to household cleaning products, clothing and furniture, ready to be given away to those affected by floods.

“It was astonishing the way people stepped up to give goods,” Mr Adams said.

“We are always astonished at the generosity of the community.

“We also had a lot of people turn up and volunteer to work and help out.”

Mr Adams, who was among those who turned up to lend a hand at the Coal Street depot, said more than two metres of water had swept through the centre, with all the donated items stored inside destroyed.

He said the Salvation Army church next door was also severely damaged, with equipment, pews and even the piano a write-off.

Mr Adams said that over the weekend of January 15 and 16, close to 200 volunteers helped clean out the depot, with Ipswich City Council bobcats removing the debris.

By the following Monday, donations had started to trickle in again.

Then the truckloads started to arrive from Redland Bay, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and even Tasmania.

The distribution centre is open daily from 9am to 3pm.



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