REDLAND City SES volunteers have headed to Townsville to help residents dealing with unprecedented flooding.
Mayor Karen Williams said four Redlands SES members had arrived on Saturday and seven more left on Wednesday.
“Our orange angels never fail to step up when people – both on Redlands Coast and further afield – are in need of help,” Cr Williams said.
“North Stradbroke Island’s November 2018 fire saw Redlands SES members working hard to move fire fighters around the island, keep them fed and staff road and track closures.
“Jumping from fire to flood, they are now helping tarp Townsville homes, perform emergency roof repairs and clear fallen trees and debris.”
Cr Williams said the SES team included experienced hands as well as newly qualified operators who would learn a great deal working under emergency conditions.
She said Redlands deputy local disaster co-ordinator Mike Tait and three Southern Moreton Bay Island community champions were also going to Townsville.
The SMBI residents were deployed by the Australian Red Cross to help set up evacuation centres.
“On their first deployment outside Redlands Coast, our community champions will use their experience of evacuation centres gained during Russell Island and North Stradbroke Island fires,” Cr Williams said.
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