Chopper airlifts boy to hospital

A SEVEN-year-old Maryvale boy was airlifted by CareFlight in what was an anxious and frightening wait for medical treatment.

The boy was suffering from complications after a recent kidney transplant, but due to the floods, ambulances could not gain access to the family's home.

It was only when the fog cleared from the region yesterday afternoon that the CareFlight chopper could successfully land in Maryvale to take the boy to Toowoomba Hospital.

Air Crewman Leigh Ainsley said a paramedic treated the young boy on-scene.

"We then flew to Warwick to pick up his mother who was stranded at another property due to flood waters," he said.

"She wanted to travel with her son to the hospital as they had been separated for around 48 hours."

CareFlight crews have been working around the clock airlifting people who were stranded due to rising flood waters, transporting more than 60 people in just 24 hours.

Clean-up under way

COUNCIL workers are busily removing the remnants of Monday's flood, clearing debris from roads and bridges across the region.

Crews are currently carrying out inspections of roads with a particular focus on bridges, and repairs will be prioritised accordingly.

The former Killarney waste facility has been reopened to cope with the influx of waste from the flood cleanup.

The Queensland Fire Service and Rural Fire Service are assisting with the cleanup process, especially with the hosing down of buildings.

Roads still closed

WHILE some roads have been re-opened, Southern Downs Regional Council advises the Warwick-Killarney road remains closed at this time.

The road to Goondiwindi also remains closed and is expected to stay closed for the next 24 hours.

Travel to the west is possible as far as Inglewood and Yelarbon.

Evac centre closed

THE Evacuation Centre at WIRAC has now been closed, with open roads providing a way home for stranded travellers.

Thos who still required accommodation were moved to the Slade Campus and the need for the centre to remain open will be assessed today.

School is in

CLASS has resumed for students at St Mary's primary school, the Christian College, SOTE and St Patrick's in Allora this morning.

The schools were closed yesterday as a result of flooding.

Warwick East State School is the only school yet to re-open and it is hoped it will be operational by Friday.

Lend a hand

IF YOU aren't afraid to get your hands dirty while helping out a neighbour in need, why not volunteer in the flood clean-up today.

Southern Downs Regional Council is calling for volunteers to assist with the flood recovery in Warwick and surrounding areas.

It is estimated that 20 Warwick homes and 16 local businesses are in need of a helping hand to get back on their feet following Monday's flood.

To register as a volunteer, visit the council administration building at 64 Fitzroy St, from 8am today.

Scott reaches out

MEMBER for Maranoa Bruce Scott has called for flood-affected property owners to reach out if they are experiencing trouble with their insurance companies.

"I recognise the resilience of people across the electorate but, as the federal member, I need to be across any issues that may need to be addressed by the Federal Government," Mr Scott said.

"If you have encountered any issues with your insurance company; and if you have experienced any loss or damage to your property or personal belongings - please contact my office.

"We've had contact with the federal minister's office and, when the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements have been finalised, I anticipate parts of the Maranoa electorate will be able to access this funding support."

To share your concerns, phone Mr Scott's office on 1300787299 or 1300301964 for the cost of a local call.

Free legal aid

SOUTHERN Downs residents in flood-affected areas can access free legal information and advice from Legal Aid Queensland.

Flood victims can also access a range of free fact sheets and resources on the Flood and Cyclone Legal Help website at

The site provides a guide to assist people with their insurance claims and was established by Legal Aid during the 2011 natural disasters.

For more information phone1300651188.

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