Services business with call-outs

EMERALD SES volunteers have responded to a number of call-outs around the Central Highlands region following last week’s heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Emergency services are currently working on getting provisions to 20 adults and three children stranded on properties 60km north of Duaringa.

On Sunday, a group of nine people and three dogs were evacuated from a property near Comet.

SES local controller George Thomson said emergency services had received up to 22 call-outs since last Friday, but operations were running smoothly.

“Most calls involved people wanting sandbags. There was a tree that fell on a house in the Gemfields on Monday, but other than that it’s all sweet,” he said.

Mr Thomson urged residents to respect roadblock barriers and the law. He said those who ignored road closures not only put themselves at risk, but also the volunteers that came to their rescue.

“If people want to break the law, they can face the consequences. I’ll think twice about putting volunteers’ lives at risk for someone breaking the law,” he said.

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