Bruce Bunch, Brendan Willi, Aaron Flood and Ben Hart work to remove valuable items from businesses in Albion St at 5.15am.
Bruce Bunch, Brendan Willi, Aaron Flood and Ben Hart work to remove valuable items from businesses in Albion St at 5.15am. Gerard Walsh

This Flood came prepared

TWO years after having one metre and then 1.5m water in his Albion St business, Aaron Flood was preparing early for the rising water in the Condamine River.

Mr Flood runs Downs  4X 4 and Radiator Works and received a phone call from Bruce Bunch, of Allora Street Auto, who was warned of the rising water by the State Emergency Service and other residents at 12.30am.

In the back shed, Jason Benz, of Benz Auto Dismanters, was using a fork lift to put many cars on higher ground.

Friends were helping owners and staff at many businesses, including Steele's Bakery Café which has been hit by previous floods. Water was across the Warwick East State School ovals and nearby residents were packing up some items as the sun rose.

With the Condamine River more than 6m at 5.30am, water had already cut through Queens Park between the rugby league and football (soccer) fields.

 

Warwick Hockey Association groundsman and life member Darryl Gillam received a call at 2.30am, association president Gary Millard sent a text to request help and 20 volunteers were at the grounds within an hour.

Ross Ellis was one of the Warwick Cowboys volunteers who put valuables up higher or took them to higher ground.

The tractor, machinery and hockey goalposts were on higher ground and by 5.30am, club volunteers left as the water continued to rise.

Down in Little Pratten St, families hit hard by floods in 2010 and 2011 waited for updates clearly worried about what was happening.

Ross Clarkson put his cattle in a smaller paddock on higher ground late Sunday but yesterday morning moved them even higher.

He had his tractor out of flood level and wasn't worried about a plough which was almost underwater at 6.30am.

Mr Clarkson said he had planted some late forage sorghum he expected to lose due to inundation.



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