Miller visits resilient Fernvale following destructive storm
POLICE, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller has praised the resilience of the Fernvale community following yesterday's destructive thunderstorm.
Visiting the town today with Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden and Acting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Mark Roche, Minister Miller spoke to affected residents and thanked emergency crews for their hard work and dedication.
"My thoughts are with the people of Fernvale as they clean up from last night's extremely destructive storm," Minister Miller said.
"Our latest estimate is that around 60 properties have been damaged - some quite significantly - with at least four homes now uninhabitable.
"Many others have had roofs ripped off or have been damaged from fallen trees.
"We also have a helicopter doing aerial surveillance of outlying rural areas to inspect any further damage."
Acting QFES Commissioner Mark Roche said emergency services personnel were busy responding to more than 60 calls for service.
"Today we have around 60 staff and volunteers including Fire and Rescue officers and State Emergency Service and
Rural Fire Brigade Volunteers on the ground assisting with the clean-up," Acting Commissioner Roche said.
"While most of the major roads have now been cleared, there is still a lot of debris on the ground. We are asking residents to remain vigilant, especially for fallen powerlines.
"Our crews are working closely with the local police and Local Government to ensure help is getting to where it's needed most."
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden praised Fernvale's community spirit.
"Events like this can be extremely traumatic, especially in a tight-knit community such as ours. I live very close by," Mr Madden said.
"We are working with affected residents to ensure that they have all the necessary help and support they need.
"The Government stands with the people of Fernvale and surrounding areas and together we will work to get the town back on its feet as soon as possible."
Residents needing assistance following storm damage should contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.