Rain a blessing for farmers as Ipswich cops a real drenching

IPSWICH emerged unscathed from the heavy rain that fell on Friday and Saturday with the lessons learned from the 2011 and 2013 floods ensuring the city was in a state of readiness.

Localised flooding and road closures were in effect across Ipswich, the Somerset and Lockyer as a low pressure system hovered over the region in the wake of Cyclone Marcia which lashed the central Queensland coastline.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the response to the heavy rain was second to none and a tribute to a community well versed at handling what Mother Nature could throw at it.

Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules players helping with sandbags at Limestone Park on February 19, 2015. Photo: Contributed
Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules players helping with sandbags at Limestone Park on February 19, 2015. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Amberley received 123mm of rain between Friday and Sunday while Gatton received 63mm.

There were heavier falls in other regions.

"I am so proud of what has happened," Cr Pisasale said.

"We learned a lot from what took place in 2011 and 2013.

"The council, social media and the QT were able to keep people informed whether it be through print or online.

"From the moment we had an issue 30 volunteers from SES turned up and we were able to dish out 4500 sandbags whether they were needed or not.

Sporting fields in Ipswich were abandoned due to the wet weather. Vigoro fields in East Ipswich. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times
Sporting fields in Ipswich were abandoned due to the wet weather. Vigoro fields in East Ipswich. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times Kate Czerny

"Instead of the old shovels we had automatic sand-bagging machines."

Cr Pisasale said police, council and the State Government worked hand-in-hand to ensure residents knew what was coming and how to avoid trouble.

"We were able to avoid people going into stress mode because we were able to give them plenty of notice," he said.

"We had all the markers and indicators to warn us if there was any danger of floods.

"It is just good to know that the system works.

The scene of a truck crash on the Cunningham Highway near the Stephens Road intersection at Mutdapilly on Friday afternoon. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
The scene of a truck crash on the Cunningham Highway near the Stephens Road intersection at Mutdapilly on Friday afternoon. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

"The rain has given our farmers much-needed water. The dams were managed properly. All we had were a few road closures and we were able to keep people informed.

"For us it just turned into a rain depression. I am just happy with how everyone responded. We are a city that now knows how to deal with natural disasters."

Cr Pisasale said his thoughts were with the people of Yeppoon and those who suffered the brunt of the floods.

"We will be looking to see what damage has been done up in Yeppoon and what assistance we can give our neighbours up there," he said.

 


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