Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SES Crews Heading West to Flood Towns; Volunteers Rough It to Help Communities

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

SES Crews Heading West to Flood Towns; Volunteers Rough It to Help Communities

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Byline: Andrew Korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

A CONTINGENT of more than 60 SES volunteers packed their tents and sleeping bags and left Ipswich for flood-ravaged western Queensland early yesterday.

The group, which included eight Ipswich-based volunteers, battled flood-affected roads west of Toowoomba during the arduous trip to Charleville.

From today, the 66 SES personnel, two departmental liaison officers and one paramedic will spend three hard days cleaning up the mess that has been left behind as a result of the worst flooding in 120 years.

SES regional director Eddie Bennet said 12 volunteers from the Somerset region were also part of the team of south-east Queensland SES personnel.

"They hit their first hurdle only a few hours into the trip yesterday, with road closures due to heavy rain near Dalby," Mr Bennet said.

"They are going to have quite a task just to get there - the trip could take anything up to 15 hours."

The blow-in volunteers are likely to spend all of their daylight hours working on the clean-up. …

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