This tree came down on a vacant house next door to The Ipswich Club in Gray St, Ipswich.
This tree came down on a vacant house next door to The Ipswich Club in Gray St, Ipswich.

SES crews flat out

THERE was little time for shut-eye as more than 50 local State Emergency Service volunteers hit the road again yesterday morning.

Having been up until midnight attending to scores of calls for help across the Ipswich region following Thursday afternoon’s heavy thunderstorms, the volunteers were out in even stronger numbers yesterday as they responded to the remainder of more than 90 calls for assistance.

SES group leader Beth Suhr said the massive clean-up involved volunteers from all four local SES groups including Rosewood, Marburg, Goodna and Ipswich.

“Most of the jobs we’ve been sent to have been leaky roofs, which are often caused by a lack of proper maintenance – a failure to keep gutters clear,” she said.

One residence in Barellan Point was so badly inundated that the ceiling completely collapsed – highlighting the importance of being prepared for the storm season.

Several trees were also reported to have fallen on houses, causing significant damage in some cases.

Among the worst was a massive pine tree which was uprooted and toppled onto the top of a house next door to the Ipswich Club in Gray Street.

The lower half of the big tree also obliterated a section of timber fence.

Mrs Suhr said some of the trees were too big for the SES to clean up and stricken residents were forced to call in tree loppers to do the clean-up job.

The SES also received calls from residents at Raceview, Bundamba and Newtown asking for help after trees fell on or near their houses.

Heavy rainfall which accompanied the strong winds led to the closure of several roads in the Ipswich region due to flooding.

Spressers Bridge near Rosewood remained closed yesterday morning, as did the Five Mile Bridge on Haigslea-Amberley Road, following flooding rain on Thursday.

Colleges Crossing is likely to remain closed, with the Water Grid announcing it had reopened a single spillway gate at 6pm last night.

For flood and storm assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency call Triple-0 immediately.



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