Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

IPSWICH TO THE RESCUE Helping Hands; Volunteers Help out in Flood-Hit Towns

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

IPSWICH TO THE RESCUE Helping Hands; Volunteers Help out in Flood-Hit Towns

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Byline: Josephine Gillespie Josephine.Gillespie@qt.com.au

HELPING HAND: Salvation Army Major Margaret Dobbie and Judy Langlands from Ipswich flew to Rockhampton to help prepare food for the hundreds of emergency service personnel dealing with the Fitzroy River flooding. Photo: Chris Ison ROK010111

AS Queensland struggles to recover from floods of Cybiblical proportions', Ipswich volunteers have gone to the aid of devastated flood victims.

Salvation Army Ipswich Major Margaret Dobbie and husband Bruce are among a team of 10 locals who are on the ground in Rockhampton.

Major Dobbie said the Ipswich Salvation Army emergency response team had caught the last flight into the town on Friday night.

She said the sheer devastation she had seen while flying into the city was the worst she had ever witnessed.

C[pounds sterling]You looked out the window of the plane and all you could see was a sea of water.

C[pounds sterling]In some areas you could see livestock clinging to little patches of ground.

C[pounds sterling]You just know, when the water comes up, they won't survive, which is pretty devastating.

C[pounds sterling]You see the tops of roofs and properties and just think Cyyou poor people'.

C[pounds sterling]It will be a long time before they are back on their feet.C[yen]

Residents in the central Queensland town were bracing for the Fitzroy River to reach a height of 9m today.

If the river does reach that height, then 200 homes will be inundated and 4000 parcels of land affected by flooding.

Authorities warned the city could be isolated for up to 10 days with the airport closed to commercial flights.

Major Dobbie said the team was working out of the Rockhampton College of TAFE.

The volunteers are putting in eight-hour days preparing meals for flood evacuees.

C[pounds sterling]We had about 80 for dinner Saturday night,C[yen] Major Dobbie said.

C[pounds sterling]We were told it could be up to 2000, but that hasn't happened yet. …

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