Looters are 'scum'
LOOTERS targeting evacuated homes and businesses in the Goodna region have been labelled “the scum of the earth” by long-serving Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully.
Cr Tully said the mood at the four evacuation centres in Goodna was despondent enough after floods ravaged the suburb on Tuesday and yesterday with estimates of about 300 homes being affected.
He said the reports of looting outraged him.
“They should throw the book at those people – they are the scum of the earth preying on people who can’t protect their properties during a real crisis,” Cr Tully said.
“Anyone low enough to loot houses in the middle of a flood, there’s only one penalty ... and that’s a jail sentence.”
He said he had heard reports of looters tying their boats up to houses before breaking in through roof tiles to steal valuables people left in the highest points of their evacuated homes.
Cr Tully said the same kind of looting occurred in Goodna in 1974.
He estimated about 300 homes were inundated with water, with flooding to businesses at the St Ives Shopping Centre attracting large crowds of sightseers.
Both Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll and Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Millers’ offices have been flooded.
Cr Tully said the real test for the city would come in the weeks after the flood waters subside.
“There’s nothing much people can do at the moment but donate clothes, sheets and bedding to the evacuation centres,” he said.
“It’s going to take a week or more to subside ... that’s when the real task starts of cleaning out every house and all the commercial residences starts.
“There’s a spirit of wanting to help people, and that will come to the fore next week.”
Cr Tully said there were four evacuation centres open in Goodna ... at the Shiloh Church, the Goodna State School, St Augustine’s College and Redbank State School.