Flood relief effort inspires awe
HUNDREDS of volunteers are still out in force across the Ipswich region helping residents clean up after floodwater inundated their homes, leaving many with nothing.
Goodna resident Christine Tyler, who lost everything when floodwater inundated her home on January 12, said she found the support from the community “overwhelming”.
“It’s made the tragedy slightly insignificant when you look at how everyone is rallying together to help one another. It’s just wonderful.”
For Ms Tyler and partner Jack Meyerink, who have had their home of 13 years reduced to a “skeleton”, it is heartbreaking.
“It’s just devastating what has happened, but we are moving forward with the help of everyone; our family, friends and the community,” she said.
“Last Saturday we had friends and family over helping us salvage what we could, which was hardly anything, but every day since then we have had so many people just walk off the street and offer to help us.
“We’ve had so many offers of help we’ve even had to turn people away because there just isn’t room for them. We would all be falling over one another.”
Yesterday alone Ms Tyler had more than 20 helpers, made up of members of the Rotary Club of Southport and people who had just walked up and offered help.
Rotary Club of Southport former president Gary Wachter, who was helping in Ipswich yesterday, said the club had brought bus loads of volunteers up to help people in the region.
“There are plenty of things that still need doing out here so we organised buses for our volunteers and decided to come up and help anyone who needs it,” Mr Wachter said. “That’s what the Rotary Club does, we help people, and now is a time when the whole community wants to come out and help their neighbours.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said council had now cleaned up 90 per cent of debris from the side of the streets.
“It’s that 10 per cent that we have to work on now to make sure we can get this city back to normal as quickly as possible,” Cr Pisasale said. “We will now start working on fixing the roads.”
Cr Pisasale said he was proud of everyone’s efforts to help out their neighbours during the disaster.
“The support for our city has been enormous. One thing that has concerned me though is I want to make sure that everyone is getting the help they need.”