CRASH: A tree was uprooted onto cars at the Rosewood pool during yesterday afternoon’s violent storm.
CRASH: A tree was uprooted onto cars at the Rosewood pool during yesterday afternoon’s violent storm. Sarah Harvey

Wild summer storm leaves trail of destruction

GRANTHAM felt the brunt of yesterday's wild storms with roofs of several businesses damaged and homes and powerlines brought down.

In Rosewood a tree fell and smashed into two cars parked under shade cloth inside the Rosewood Pool.

A tree also fell inside the grounds of Ipswich Central State School.

No one was injured in either of the incidents, with the Rosewood Pool being closed to the public once the storms were on their way.

Many residents lost power and flash flooding was reported in several areas.

Amberley received 19mm, Gatton had 45mm, and Grandchester (55mm), Rosewood (46mm) and Talegella (58mm) all received major falls.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said Grantham, which suffered terribly in the 2011 floods, was hit hard.

A tree fell inside the grounds of Ipswich Central State School during the wild storm.
A tree fell inside the grounds of Ipswich Central State School during the wild storm. David Nielsen

"There was a fairly wild storm that came through Grantham and it is has unroofed some buildings and done damage," he said.

"There was a narrow band of wind through Grantham that affected the roofs."

Most of the damage was done to the old service station, with iron off the roof. A council shed next door and some homes also suffered.

"There was a dump of around 40mm in a short period of time and that caused localised flooding," Cr Jones said.

"After what happened in 2011, anyone who saw it or experienced it is concerned every time they receive heavy rain.

"But we've always got to be positive and support people.

"There have been a lot of power outages throughout the afternoon.

"One of the worst areas was out around Ripley where there were about 70 customers out.

"There were also some powerlines that came down on the Gatton side of Grantham on the Gatton-Helidon Rd."



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