Waiting for the waters to subside
EVACUATION centres around Ipswich remained packed yesterday but some residents were able to leave to assess damage to their homes.
Many were able to inspect their houses for the first time since leaving on Tuesday and Wednesday, but had to return to the evacuation centres and wait for the water to fully subside.
The Ipswich City Council estimates more than 1100 people are at evacuation centres around the city with a lot more staying with friends and family in homes on higher ground.
But for people like Daniel Hager, from Raceview, reports that his street was still under water meant he stayed another day at the Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School evacuation centre.
With nine-month-old daughter Chelsea in his arms, Mr Hager said all he could do was wait for the water to go down.
“I haven’t gone back as yet. I’m planning on going to have a look when it subsides,” he said.
“We just hope everything is going alright. But the facilities here have been good and they’re looking after us.”
Another evacuee at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar, Silkstone resident Jenny Green, said she couldn’t speak highly enough of the care given to her family.
She said her two kids Melody, four, and Zachery, nine, wanted to stay after having too good a time with the temporary childcare group set up at the site.
“It’s tough not being at home, not knowing what we’ll find when we go back. The way they have set up the evacuation centres like this have been a massive help,” she said.
The Ipswich Showground evacuation centre was busy again yesterday. The main entry was busy with cars carrying supplies and residents returning back from visiting their homes.
It was made even busier when Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited with a national and local media throng in her wake.
Chris Edgecumbe, 22, had only moved in to his Churchill premises about three weeks ago. It is now extensively flooded.
A St John Ambulance volunteer where he previously lived in Brisbane, he joined the Ipswich volunteers in giving first aid.
Where to go
St Joseph’s Church hall North Ipswich
Ipswich Grammar and Girls Grammar Schools (at capacity)
Ipswich Region Community Church at Ripley
Karalee State School community hall