Queensland changed forever 12 months ago
This time last year the day started much like any other day. Our holidays were over. My husband was returning to work. I resumed the school holiday/work-from-home juggle.
We hadn’t had a beautiful fortnight of sunny, beach-going days (like we just have had). The rain had poured down since the first of the Christmas ham had been carved.
We had quietly congratulated ourselves for not spending money on our usual annual holiday (at another Queensland or northern NSW beach). Money that would have been wasted on an “indoors” holiday.
A stupid thought really. Considering.
Considering that before the end of this day 12 months ago, Queensland would never again be the same.
When that wall of water hit Toowoomba, it set off a chain of disasters, unfolding in the ensuing days like giant water-fuelled dominos all the way around the state.
Whole communities were wiped out.
Extraordinary stories of survival surfaced. Only to be shattered by stories of tragedy.
But then came the stories of triumph.
The stories of sheer guts, of sheer Australian and Queensland spirit.
Complete strangers helped other strangers, working together to lift possessions to higher ground, returning days later to help wash away the inches of mud now covering those same houses.
For me, the days and weeks following were filled to overflowing with emotion. I hugged my family tight. Each night.
And I’ve never been more proud to call myself a Queenslander.
Where were you 12 months ago? Were you affected by the floods? Have you re-built?Photo: The Courier Mail