Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lack of Warning in Floods Angers Resident

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lack of Warning in Floods Angers Resident

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KARALEE'S Michelle Jaques and her family are living in a campervan and a caravan in their front yard, but what she was C[pounds sterling]really peeved aboutC[yen] was the way her neighbourhood was ignored during the floods.

Ms Jaques, her husband Lindsay Small and children John, 17, Alistair, 13, and Emerson, 8, lived in a brick home that was inundated during the January floods, with water rising C[pounds sterling]two or three feet into the roofC[yen].

Mr Small was away working when the floods hit, but Ms Jaques and her children only just escaped in time after attaching the campervan to the car, scooping up their three dogs and hot-footing it to the Ipswich Showgrounds.

C[pounds sterling]But what I was really peeved about was that on the Monday we went over to Colleges Crossing and they had moved the caretaker's cottage and the cafe up the hill,C[yen] Ms Jaques said.

C[pounds sterling]It really annoys me that the authorities knew the river would be that high but they didn't bother telling people down here. They could have done several run-arounds with a loudspeaker or a letterbox drop for that matter. They had time.

C[pounds sterling]We heard nothing and nobody in the neighbourhood knew anything.

C[pounds sterling]I spent Tuesday putting stuff up high, where I thought it would be safe, but the water rose two or three feet into the roof. If I'd known that the estate was going to go two metres under I would have prepared differently.

C[pounds sterling]I would have got a truck and got all my friends and family and asked them to take our belongings away. We would have had two cars going all day getting our stuff out.

C[pounds sterling]We put the chooks up in the tree-house ... and knew we had to go to the showground because I didn't want to be evacuated with three dogs and three kids.C[yen]

Eldest son John is now living in the campervan while Ms Jaques has borrowed her mother's caravan, where she and her husband and other two children are sleeping. …

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