Could your house cope with a torrential downpour?

August 18, 2014

by Peter Verbakel
Kingaroy SES

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Kingaroy SES attended a request for assistance in Kingaroy to a house which had water entering following a heavy downpour during the night.

Luckily, no significant damage was identified and only a small amount of water had entered the premises.

It did emphasise, however, the need for all residents to prepare for rains and storms.

How prepared are you?

One simple step to being prepared is to clean out your gutters regularly.

Do this on a nice sunny day, and make it regular event, perhaps four times a year. You may need to do this more frequently if there are trees nearby your house.

Remember to wear gloves when cleaning gutters, and always take special care when using ladders.

You may also need to carefully trim tree branches close to the house to reduce the amount of leaves entering your gutters.

These simple steps will prepare your house for heavy rains which may occur without much forewarning.

Being prepared also helps emergency services by freeing them up to respond to other calls for assistance.

For more information visit, download this Get Ready Guide (4.5Mb PDF) from the Emergency Queensland website or pick up a free copy at your local Council Customer Service Centre or SES. welcomes reports from community groups about their activities. We invite any interested group to submit their reports to us by emailing them to

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