Region pauses to remember Toowoomba, Grantham floods

IN MEMORY: Floral tribute on the 5th anniversary of the death of Donna and her son, Jordan Rice at the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts where they were caught in the 2011 floods.
IN MEMORY: Floral tribute on the 5th anniversary of the death of Donna and her son, Jordan Rice at the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts where they were caught in the 2011 floods. Bev Lacey

A SMALL group of Grantham residents have paid tribute to the lives lost in the deadly 2011 floods at an unofficial service this afternoon.

Flowers have also been laid at Kitchener St in Toowoomba, the site where residents Donna Rice and her 13-year-old son Jordan Rice were swept to their deaths five years ago.

The region has paused to reflect on the historic event five years ago at private and unofficial services scattered in areas among the worst hit.

A memorial at Murphys Creek is scheduled for tonight with survivors set to reflect on their memories of January 10, 2011, and touch on how the community has since moved on from the devastating weather event.

About 50 people have laid wreaths at the Grantham flood memorial to Slim Dusty's Walk a Country Mile at 4pm, a time almost to the minute of when the deadly floods slammed the region, leaving in its wake an unprecedented trail of destruction.

Twelve people died in the floods, and five years on the communities are still recovering.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said no official events had been planned for the occasion, instead allowing residents to reflect and mark the day in their own personal ways.

Likewise for Toowoomba, Mayor Paul Antonio said, where the council continues its extensive flood reconstruction and mitigation works on the back of more than $247 million in projects already completed.

Cr Antonio said the region would never forget the floods of 2011, but looking forward, each resident would reflect on the day in personal ways.

Nevertheless, residents still showed their respects to those killed in the floods with flowers and wreaths laid at Kitchener St, one of the hardest hit areas and the site of dramatic rescues.



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