Southeast Queensland begins clean-up after floods

Flooding in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland (The Catholic Leader/QFES)

Southeast Queensland residents have again been left to clean up after the second major flood event this year. Source: The Catholic Leader.


Residents in the town of Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, are among the worst hit by major flooding, as towns throughout south-east Queensland like Gatton, Grantham, Gympie, Ipswich and Warwick were pummelled with rain late last week, reports.

Laidley parishioners in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane were relieved after floodwater rose to the top step of St Patrick’s Church, narrowly avoiding any damage. While the church was spared, Laidley’s main street was inundated as water rose quickly over the weekend, causing major losses to businesses.

“We were copping it from every direction,” Laidley resident, Ryan Beaumont said.

Residents banded together with mops and hoses to begin a major clean up.

The Lockyer Valley has sustained major flood damage during the past 12 years, including the surge of water that hit Grantham in 2011 claiming 33 lives and destroyed 29 houses.

A levee bank near Laidley protects the town from moderate flooding but major floods remain high risk. In 2011 and 2013, shin-deep muddy water sloshed through St Patrick’s causing damage to the carpet and furnishings.

“Thankfully this time it didn’t go through the church,” parishioner Chris Pingel said.

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan praised the efforts of volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to help clean up.

Downstream in Maryborough, the river was expected to rise but flooding is not expected, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Leo Burke


Cleanup begins after floodwaters swamp South East Queensland again (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader)

Clean-up begins in south-east Queensland as floodwaters recede By Savannah Meacham,

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