SES crews from Ipswich load mattresses from a flooded motel in Chinchilla on to the back of a truck. The crews were helping the flood-ravaged regions of rural Queensland.
SES crews from Ipswich load mattresses from a flooded motel in Chinchilla on to the back of a truck. The crews were helping the flood-ravaged regions of rural Queensland.

SES crews help flood victims

IPSWICH'S State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have been playing their part to help with the flood emergency.

A team of SES volunteers arrived back home yesterday after helping people affected by floods 350km away in Central Queensland.

“We had a team of five out at Condamine; they were out there a week and came back today,” SES Ipswich area controller Arie van den Ende said.

He said the workload was light for crews that stayed in Ipswich but they were prepared to respond in case floodwaters arrived.

“We've got a team out delivering sandbags and we've got 1000 sandbags ready if we need them,” he said.

“We've got a bit of local flooding and the crews are out monitoring the river levels.”

Condamine became a ghost town last week after the whole population, of 150 people, was evacuated to escape the raging Condamine River.

Only emergency crews and police remained in the town after the compulsory evacuation was completed despite some resistance.

Black Hawk helicopters were called in for a rapid response, ferrying residents to nearby Miles and Dalby.

The waters swamped the town, inundating 42 of the 60 homes; nine businesses went under, as well as schools and churches.

On Thursday night six Condamine families were able to sleep in their own beds overnight after a harrowing week-long evacuation.

The Ipswich SES crew was kept busy while it was away, from helping people whose houses were swamped by water in Dalby to loading a truck with mattresses that the water had gone through in a motel in Chinchilla.

In Dalby, it's almost a case of water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink with residents still under level six water restrictions.

Dalby residents in Dalby are only allowed internal water use for toilets, showers, drinking water and a small amount for clothes washing.

The restrictions include a ban on air conditioners and people have been asked to only use fans.

The river was expected to remain at the peak level until yesterday afternoon, but it could rise again if there was further rainfall.



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