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Laidley needs more volunteers for flood clean-up

WATCHING families on their hands and knees, vainly scrubbing away mud and memories from their flooded homes is taking its toll on volunteers in Laidley.

Stories across the town vary but one theme remains - the heartbreak of realising the full scope of the damage.

Teams of mud-covered workers are doing their best to get families back on their feet.

Sadly, many homes outside the centre of town have not even been looked at.

Laidley Lions Club president Ian Lamborn said the town desperately needed more volunteers to deal with the disaster.

"We're dealing with a family now who has lost everything. All they have fits into a few plastic bags," he said.

"Their youngest child was only born at Christmas so you can imagine what they're going through."

Mr Lamborn has been walking from house to house, hearing the heart-wrenching stories of his neighbours and trying to take their minds off the years it will take for their lives to return to normal.

"I'm just going around saying 'g'day' - there's not enough at the moment," he said.

"We need people who have a day off work to come down to the community centre and help out."

Laidley Community Centre relieving manager Jeanette Harvey spent yesterday shifting what little equipment could be salvaged from the water.

"We're out of our building and all our gear is pretty much lost," she said.

"From there we operated a Centrelink agency, emergency relief, low-interest loan schemes and a whole range of other services.

"Now we're trying to get it all set back up in council's youth centre on Ambrose and Williams Sts."



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