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Emergency services continue with severe weather recovery


Emergency services personnel will continue to assist townships affected by severe weather from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald for weeks to come.

The State Emergency Service (SES), Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) have all contributed to the severe weather response and recovery efforts.

To date, SES volunteers have completed more than 6700 requests for assistance since the severe weather activity began on January 25, 2013. The majority of these jobs were for the Brisbane (640), Central Queensland (800), North Coast (2840), South East (1970) and South West (420) areas.

Most of these requests were for storm damage operations, such as roof damage (1283), leaking roofs (999), trees down (1026) and sandbagging (1082).

SES volunteers continue to respond to more than 480 outstanding requests for assistance across the State.

To date, more than 380 SES volunteers form across the State have been deployed to assist in the Rockhampton, Bundaberg, North Burnett, Maryborough, Gayndah and Scenic Rim areas.

In addition, the Queensland SES also welcomed 20 SES volunteers from Tasmania who were deployed to the Scenic Rim area to assist with the clean-up efforts.

Between 28 January and 30 January, the EMQ Rescue Helicopter from Brisbane (Rescue 500) and Townsville (Rescue 521) conducted a total of 65 winch rescues. This resulted in 134 people being winched to safety from rooftops, isolated areas and flooded streets.

A total of 42 QAS personnel have been deployed from the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mackay and Townsville areas to assist with the response and recovery efforts in the Bundaberg and surrounding areas.

Forty-four QAS officers also helped to transfer patients who were evacuated from the Bundaberg Hospital to various hospitals across Brisbane. Multiple QAS personnel in various coordination teams also worked behind the scenes to ensure the deployment and transfer of patients ran smoothly.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews have completed approximately 8,560 Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) to date. QFRS currently has 290 personnel deployed intra-state to assist with recovery and response efforts.

Approximately 280 QFRS personnel are on the ground in Bundaberg and continue to conduct Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) and wash-out operations.

Firefighters also continue to conduct recovery and clean up efforts in the Maryborough and Gayndah areas.

For flood or storm related assistance, contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500, or in a life-threatening emergency phone Triple Zero (000).

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.

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