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Knee-deep in hail? In Toowoomba? In summer? Yes

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Residents of Toowoomba reported up to 100mm of rain and masses of hail.

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2022-01-17T15:30:00+10:30

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Darren Fielder was “shocked” to find half a meter of hail in the garage of his Redleaf Environmental office in Toowoomba on Sunday morning.

A severe storm brought flash flooding and hail to a Queensland town over the weekend, leaving residents and businesses to repair the damage left behind.

Residents of Toowoomba reported up to 100mm of rain while the Bureau of Meteorology reported 43mm of rain when a storm hit at 2am on Sunday.

Many local residents and business owners spent Sunday cleaning up remaining ice, fallen trees, collapsed ceilings and flooded buildings.

Darren Fielder was “shocked” to find half a meter of hail in the garage of his Redleaf Environmental office in Toowoomba.

Mr Fielder posted a video of his family and friends cleaning up the heavy hail, which had clumped together to look like snow.

“Today [Sunday] we are cleaning. We have a pile of hail in our garage at our office in Toowoomba. You wouldn’t believe it, would you? The amount of water, rain and hail that has fallen is just unreal,” he said in the clip.

Black Canvas Graphic Design also reported hail inside their locked garage, which spilled into the adjoining hallway.

Black Canvas Graphic Design reported hail inside its locked garage (left), which spilled into the adjoining hallway (right). (Photo: Black Canvas Graphic Design)

The Proof BBQ and Booze restaurant has announced that it will be closed until further notice due to severe flooding, collapsed ceilings and exposed electricity.

Meanwhile, toy store Little Children’s Boutique said it was “heartbreaking” to see the damage caused by the storm, which also forced their store to close.

Elders Insurance Toowoomba shared photos of their damaged office after their ceiling collapsed from the pressure of rain, which poured into the workspace.

MP Groom Garth Hamilton encouraged residents to “stay safe and take care of each other”.

“Like most people here in Toowoomba, I spent the morning cleaning up after last night’s incredible storm which completely destroyed the trees here. We still have piles of ice on the ground,” said M Hamilton on Sunday.

“If you have problems with drainage water, contact your council. If you have problems or damage to your house or property, contact the SES.”

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