Storm season has already begun in Queensland, and the State Emergency Services (SES) have warned now is the time for residents to prepare their homes for the oncoming severe weather.
SES Logan City local controller Jim Ferguson said storms were the biggest weather concern in Logan, and the majority of emergencies the SES responded to were collapsed ceilings caused by residents failing to maintain their gutters.
“It’s absolutely paramount for people to clean the leaves out of their gutters,” Mr Ferguson said.
Mr Ferguson said gutters blocked by leaves caused rain water to back up into the valleys of the roof, which could enter and flood the ceiling.
“When you’ve got insulation in the roof, it soaks up the water,” he said.
“It could be raining for days before the ceiling collapses under the weight.
“50 percent of our callouts are caused by people not cleaning out their gutters.”
Mr Ferguson said now was the time for Logan residents to get their homes storm ready and encourage their neighbours to do the same.