Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SES Work Tirelessly to Keep Roofs over Heads

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SES Work Tirelessly to Keep Roofs over Heads

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STATE Emergency Service volunteers risk their lives to patch up roofs after storm damage.

Since Sunday's severe storm, many of them have worked three days' straight to help their fellow Ipswich home owners.

Certain obstacles, however, hinder their efforts and could be remedied.

During a hailstorm five weeks ago, the Ipswich SES attended to 600 broken skylights, said local controller Arie van den Ende.

"We need to look at the building code and why these skylights are smashing," he said.

"Hail is a regular thing. The average home will get hailed on every five years."

Large gum trees close to homes are another hazard.

Keep an eye on existing trees and plant appropriate trees, Mr van den Ende says.

"This time around (Sunday's storm) 40 per cent of SES jobs involved trees on houses."

Ipswich group leader Jim Cooper has been out with SES for the past three days, tarping and patching up roofs.

Mr Cooper particularly remembers a job at Collingwood Park. …

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