Sheehan and Co is one of many businesses in Chinchilla now in clean-up mode after yesterday's storm.
Sheehan and Co is one of many businesses in Chinchilla now in clean-up mode after yesterday's storm. Derek Barry

Chinchilla clean-up continues after hail storm

CHINCHILLA is counting the cost after yesterday afternoon's supercell hail storm ripped through town.

Many businesses remain closed a day later or are going through the clean-up - including the Chinchilla News whose own office suffered substantial water leakage at the height of the storm.

The local hospital suffered substantial damage forcing some patients to be removed to Dalby however the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services says the emergency department and maternity service are unaffected.

The Western Downs Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this morning to monitor the situation.

Council works crews and the SES are continuing clean-up efforts and no road closures are in place.

Residents and visitors to Chinchilla are reminded to be mindful of the wet weather and to drive to the conditions.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have deployed a Rapid Damage Assessment Team that are due to arrive in Chinchilla by mid-morning.

Several shop fronts on Heeney St and on the Highway suffered flash-flooding as a result of the storm with the drains unable to cope.

The BoM also said there is a chance of further thunderstorms today.

Western Downs Regional Council's Chinchilla Customer Service Centre sustained major damage and will remain closed until repairs are made.

From Monday the Customer Service Centre will be temporarily relocated to the Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery and the full range of Council services will be available from that site until further notice.

Customers can also still access Council services by calling 1300 COUNCIL.

Chinchilla Christian College is closed for the rest of the week due to storm damage but other schools remain open.

Staff from gas companies QCG and Origin have been deployed to the street to help with the clean-up.

Ergon Energy said all 3300 of its customers in the town and surrounding areas lost power yesterday but almost all had been restored by this morning.

Crews patrolling the network found fallen high-voltage power lines in multiple locations. 

The Chinchilla depot has been flooded and lost part of its roof during the storm.

For storm and flood assistance, please call SES on 132 500.

The LDMG are scheduled to meet at 3pm today to continue monitoring the situation.



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