11 January 2012

One year on and the people of Goodna are still suffering from the 2011 flood

A year ago today, the residents of Goodna awoke to light showers not realising that within 12 hours the suburb would be inundated with a flood almost as high as the one which devastated Ipswich and Brisbane in 1974.

By nightfall, the Brisbane River was a kilometre wide between Goodna and Moggill.

Six hundred homes and 70 businesses were destroyed over the next 24 hours making Goodna the worst affected suburb in southeast Queensland.

As flood efforts continued in the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Brisbane, the extent of Goodna's plight did not emerge until the following Thursday.

Local Councillor Paul Tully who lost his own home in the flood described the situation as a natural disaster on an unprecedented scale.

Cr Tully said the floodwaters did not recede until the Friday morning leaving a scene of devastation with hundreds of families fending for themselves in emergency accommodation.

"By the weekend, thousands of volunteers had descended on the suburb in a cleanup effort which is still going on.

"Goodna was forced to endure sightseers, looters and six hundred destroyed homes.

"Even today, many absentee landlords with no insurance have left their homes to rot surrounded by unkempt lawns which have become a habitat for rats and snakes."

Today, an historic flood marker depicting all major floods in Goodna since 1893 will be unveiled at 10.00am at the corner of Queen and Church Sts.

Cr Tully said the marker would be colour-coded to identify the individual flood levels with the flood of 1893 eclipsing all other known floods at Goodna on February 5, 1893 at 22.77 metres.

The 2011 flood at Goodna was 16.4 metres.

"The new marker will also be the pillar of courage representing the strength and resilience of the Goodna community as it dealt with floods over the past 120 years."

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