Cars in flood water near Chalk Drive.
Cars in flood water near Chalk Drive. Callum Johnson

6 years since catastrophic floods ravaged our region

IT'S BEEN six years since Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley were ravaged by the tragic and devastating floods which made news headlines around the world.

On January 10, 2011, unusual climactic conditions combined to inundate Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley with an intensity of rainfall rarely seen.

It resulted in catastrophic flash flooding.

Between January 10 and 13, 22 people lost their lives in the affected areas, another three who disappeared after being struck by the flash flood have not been seen again.

As the anniversary comes around again a new edition of The Torrent: A True Story of Heroism and Survival is being released.

The Torrent
The Torrent Meghan Harris

Journalist Amanda Gearing released the first edition of the book in 2012 and in this new release she re-interviews the survivors and relays their journeys towards recovery.

Ms Gearing reconnects with survivors to uncover valuable lessons about trauma recovery and disaster planning.

Many people escaped death because they were rescued by members of the community, or through sheer good fortune.

As Ms Gearing's interviews reveal, it is one thing to support a community after a traumatic event when only a few people have been affected, but another thing for a state to help an entire area process its shared trauma.

The Torrent explains what Ms Gearing believes is missing from national planning in terms of communications practices, the provision of trauma counselling and the understanding of cycles of trauma.

Six years on, Ms Gearing said the time was right for everyone to recognise the full picture of what the area and its community endured, and to explore how long-lasting recovery might be achieved.

The book will be published on Monday, January 30.
 


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