MORE than 30 families left struggling in Mitchell after the recent devastating floods are being helped back on their feet by nearby St Vincent de Paul Society conferences.
Toowoomba Diocesan Central Council president Kev Byrne said Charleville and Roma’s St Vincent de Paul Society conferences were helping to co-ordinate the distribution of food, bedding and other items to those needing help.
“In Mitchell, things are starting to settle down,” he said.
“But that’s when all the problems often come out.
“At least 30 families are doing it really tough.
“Mitchell hasn’t got a local St Vincent de Paul presence, but the nearby conferences have been looking after those needing support.”
More than three-quarters of homes in Mitchell were flooded in early February when the Maranoa River burst its banks.
Roma was also hit hard almost simultaneously, with hundreds of homes affected.
The clean-up in Mitchell was delayed by uncertainty about the structural safety of the town’s bridge which went under in the flood.
In Roma, the society’s Vincentian Village, which accommodates retired single men, had 15 of its 16 units swamped, forcing occupants out.
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