Mayor Ron Bellingham and Governor Penelope Wensley look out over the destroyed Warwick Hockey Association surface.
Mayor Ron Bellingham and Governor Penelope Wensley look out over the destroyed Warwick Hockey Association surface. Gerard Walsh

Region remembers flood's impact

ONE year ago today, the lives of thousands of Queenslanders were flipped upside down and ripped inside out.

As he watched the flood waters creep through the streets of the town he calls his home, Mayor Ron Bellingham couldn't help but feel a sting of pride as the people of Warwick joined hands and hearts to make it through Mother Nature's unwelcome visit.

Cr Bellingham said it was because of this community cohesion that Warwick survived the floods.

"Whilst it was a traumatic experience, I do have very significant sense of pride in our region," Cr Bellingham said.

"We are being held up as one of the areas who acquitted themselves very well and I am very proud of that."

He said it was disasters which really forced people to show their true colours.

"Ninety-nine point nine per cent of the time, it brings out the absolute best in people and that's what life's really about," he said.

As with most Queenslanders, the affects of the floods will stay engrained in our minds for a number of years to come.

"The second flood sticks in my mind the most," Cr Bellingham said.

"I can remember sitting in the disaster management room while the peak of the second flood was descending on Warwick and we had a radar on the wall.

"We heard that Toowoomba was being inundated and I said don't worry about us, we know where we're going, we need to help our neighbours," he said.

One year on, many are still working to rebuild their lives and in some cases their livelihood.

Cr Bellingham said the floods could hit again at any time, and people needed to remember community spirit was key.

"There is every possibility it could happen again," he said.

"It could be one month or 30 years, but it will happen again and that's what we have to deal with."


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