Phil Rolfe on hose and Michelle Eastwell, A.J. Duncan and Josh Jensen on mops, clean the synthetic surface at the hockey fields. Gerard Walsh
Phil Rolfe on hose and Michelle Eastwell, A.J. Duncan and Josh Jensen on mops, clean the synthetic surface at the hockey fields. Gerard Walsh John Towells - Thanks To Pilot Peter Lindores

New surface survives flood

WHILE some of the damage at the Warwick Cowboys field was worse than two years ago, Warwick Hockey Association members were relieved their new synthetic surface survived the flood.

Warwick Cowboys groundsman Paul Hallman was shocked by the damage.

"We have as much door and window damage in the clubhouse as two years ago and lost fencing and signs on the eastern side of the field, which didn't happen in 2011," Hallman said.

There was similar scouring under the outdoor grandstand but Hallman said new concrete saved the area under the main grandstand from deterioration.

"It appeared the water went on a different course this time," he said. "The lack of power and lim

ited water pressures restricted clean-up efforts on Tuesday."

Working bee numbers were boosted by eight employees from Carey Abattoir at Yangan who joined in the clean-up while stranded.

Warwick Hockey Association groundsman Darryl Gillam said there was less damage than in 2011 largely as the synthetic surface only suffered mud damage.

"We are hosing and moping the synthetic and have professional cleaners coming next month," Gillam said.

If there is a next time, Gillam said it was important to sand bag the small areas (without a levy) near the clubhouse to stop back water reaching the surface.

"We found out at 2.30am Monday that the water was coming but would have liked more notice," Gillam said.

There was similar damage to fencing to two years ago and a small grandstand on one of the grass fields was demolished.

Redbacks Australian Rules coach Jason Wright was disappointed his club wasn't told about the flood threat until 7.30am Monday and not from official channels.

"More notice would have given the club and our building contractors - who lost one storage container in the flood - more time to prepare," Wright said.

Water rose 10-15cm in the touch, Collegians and Eastern Suburbs clubhouses.

Eastern Suburbs president Gary McEwan said there was 60cm water through the club's storage container with some equipment damaged.

"We will need some government support as we don't have flood insurance due to a $10,000 excess."



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