THE flooded Ipswich Motorway at Goodna yesterday.
THE flooded Ipswich Motorway at Goodna yesterday.

Goodna evacuees shelter in church

TYPICALLY a place of worship, Goodna-based Shiloh Church has been transformed into a makeshift evacuation centre.

Shiloh Church senior minister Alan Morris said about 350 people had passed through the Redbank Plains Road church.

He said people had started arriving on Monday about 1pm and were largely from the Goodna area.

“Overall, morale was good,” Mr Morris said.

“Unless they had been through the 1974 floods, at first they couldn’t understand why they had to leave their homes.

“But now after seeing footage of the floods, they understand.

“There is a general feeling of loss. People are anticipating going back home to see what is left behind.”

Mr Morris said about 70 evacuees were still at the church, with the remainder finding shelter with friends or family and even previously unknown strangers.

He said the community had shown “great spirit”, with people stepping up to transport evacuees or opening their homes to give evacuees shelter.

Mr Morris said people had also donated clothing and food.

He said every effort would be made to find the remainder of evacuees places to stay.

“Some people are now totally homeless,” Mr Morris said.

“Finding them somewhere else to stay is difficult unless they have friends or family.”



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