It’s been an intense, and often emotional, week for the Ipswich community with widespread flooding, relentless rain and, in some cases, devastating losses.

As the floods begin to recede, we look back at the week that was, and look at how the 2022 Ipswich Floods unfolded over a matter of days.

On Wednesday February 23, heavy rain warnings are issued for Ipswich, with forecasts indicating that the rain would continue to impact the Ipswich region for several days.

On Friday, February 25, West Bremer Radio crew began what would become more than 42 hours of live rolling flood coverage between Friday and Monday, keeping the community up-to-date with the latest news on the growing list of road closures across Ipswich, Goodna, Ripley, Toowoomba, Walloon, Tallegalla and Purga, as well as the latest news and weather warnings from across the city.

On Friday February 25, SEQ Water advised flood releases from Wivenhoe Dam were expected to begin at 10pm, with flood warnings for a number of bridges including Kholo Bridge and Colleges Crossing.

From 6am on Sunday February 26, Ipswich City Council started issuing emergency alerts via text to all residents, and advising that Wivenhoe dam would be releasing water from 4am Sunday. Residents in low lying areas are being asked to prepare to leave and warn others, and evacuate to friends and family if possible.

Prepare to leave messages sent to Riverview, Booval, Bundamba, Goodna, Six Mile Creek and other low lying areas close to the Bremer River.

On Sunday February 27, Shane from South East Queensland UHF Emergency Service Team (Layard Street in Goodna) shared this video.

https://fb.watch/bvNebz1Btv/

On March 1, ss the rain began to ease, the generous Ipswich community began to roll up their sleeves to help out.

Ipswich City Council advised volunteers to register with Emergency Volunteering or donate through GIVIT to best help locals in need.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Steven Miles, Minister Mark Ryan, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll and QFES Commissioner Greg Leach visited the city on March 1 where they toured council’s Local Disaster Coordination Centre and flood evacuation centre.

Council’s newly formed Local Recovery and Resilience Group updated the Queensland Premier on the city’s disaster response, areas that remained inundated and she then met with residents displaced by flood waters and are temporarily residing at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding said hundreds of people have sheltered at the city’s evacuation centre including 180 overnight with their pets including dogs, cats and birds.

Ipswich City Council announced on March 1 that Ipswich residents affected by flooding could now access financial assistance.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said residents impacted by flooding and storm damage can reach out for help by applying for a Personal Hardship Grant which is now available through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for eligible flood-affected residents in Ipswich.

Payments of up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more or $180 per person, to eligible people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the floods, can now be applied for.

For information on Personal Hardship Assistance and Essential Services Hardship Assistance, contact the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 or visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

The Ipswich community received a boost on Wednesday March 2, when the Governor of Queensland Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM visited residents at Goodna, the Local Recovery and Resilience Group headquarters and the flood evacuation centre.

Ipswich City Council has announced that from March 2, a free kerbside collection service targeting Ipswich’s most flood impacted streets and suburbs had commenced.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding said council is focusing on providing waste services in flooded areas.

The collection service is specifically for flood damaged items and not part of council’s routine kerbside program, which will recommence once it is safe to do so.

Council is also providing skip bins free of charge to businesses and community organisations who have been flood affected. To register for this service call (07) 3810 6666 and ask for a flood affected service and we will aim to have them delivered within 24 to 48 hours.

Keep up to date with all the latest flood and weather news and information at:

www.facebook.com/westbremerradio

https://disaster.ipswich.qld.gov.au/ www.bom.com.au


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