Storms tipped to ease
IPSWICH has been tipped to get a much-needed reprieve from heavy rain over the weekend and for the start of the new week.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rick Threlfall said expected storms last night would give way to some welcome kinder conditions.
“There is still a chance of showers and a storm tomorrow, but the weekend will be mostly fine,” Mr Threlfall said yesterday.
“Monday and Tuesday should still be fine with only a very small chance of showers and Wednesday will be wet.”
He said the showers and storms were the result of an upper level trough that was expected to pass over Ipswich and pull away.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon for people in parts of the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich City and Scenic Rim council areas.
On Tuesday night, flood-weary SES volunteers were called back into action after a severe storm touched down on Camira.
Ipswich SES controller Arie van den Ende said about 30 volunteers in six teams were called on to deal with damage to houses.
About 10 homes, including one in Langley Court, were hit by falling trees.
Springfield pastor Phil Cutcliffe said the huge storm led to a flood of water flowing into the community centre like a waterfall.
“To avoid damage, some of the unsorted clothes needed to be spread out to make a giant absorbent towel to catch the water,” Pr Cutcliffe said.
Ipswich City councillor David Morrison said that as he drove towards Camira there were “trees down everywhere”.
“Once again the community rallied to remove trees from Old Logan Road and to help neighbours who had trees over their house,” Cr Morrison said.
“Camira escaped the floods and now a very small part is dealing with storm damage.”
Early reports indicated the worst injury from the frightening storm event was a woman's broken arm.