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Volunteers help storm-ravaged Pratten clean up on Qld's Southern Downs

By Sam Burgess, Friday June 14, 2013 - 07:35 EST

Volunteers are stepping in to help the Pratten community on Queensland's Southern Down recover from a violent storm this week.

The Pratten and Bony Mountain areas, north-west of Warwick, were hit hard by what is believed to be a tornado-like storm on Wednesday night.

Six houses lost roofs, one was destroyed, and farm infrastructure was decimated.

It is the second natural disaster to hit the area this year after the Australia Day floods.

The Southern Downs Regional Council director of engineering services, Peter See, says residents and community groups are already lending a hand.

Mr See says locals are dealing with the latest disaster as best they can.

"There was a fair bit of community spirit in those two places that I saw where everyone was just pitching in and getting on with it," he said.

"The Pratten area's had floods three times in the last two-and-a-half years - have gone through that area not specifically right in the town itself, but quite significant.

"They've also had a fire in that area some time ago - just ongoing issues, so it's been quite a tough time for people in that area."

However, Mr See says the area is unlikely to be officially disaster-declared because of the small number of properties affected.


- ABC

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