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As flood survivors look back in sorrow at the Queensland flood disaster, and forward in anticipation of the new year, residents of South East Queensland all take a moment to think about the events that occurred a year ago. Twenty thousand people were forced from their homes when the flooding struck 54 suburbs in Greater Brisbane, and 30,000 homes and business were flooded during the floods a year ago today.
”Ten days ago the world welcomed in 2012, but I know for many of you, January 1 is not that pivotal, the wounds are still too raw for that,” Ms Julia Gillard said at a memorial service held yesterday.
”It is perhaps this day, January 10, [that should be] your own New Year. A New Year without illusions about how deep the hurt remains, how far along the path of reconstruction we still have to go.”
Your Local Movers was one of the businesses affected by the floods, with the office and warehouse inundated with 11 meters of water.
It was only because of the dedication of the team, and the decision to sacrifice the office furniture, computers and equipment that we were able to evacuate all of our customers belongings, saving them from the heartache that so many suffered when they lost their homes and personal possessions.
It was a tough year for a lot of people, but the light in the darkness was the overwhelming desire from the people of the community to help their neighbours in flood affected areas. By January 13th, 55,000 people had registered to help with the huge clean-up. Coined ‘the mud-army’ the volunteer effort was massive. Stories of strangers walking into homes and picking up a hose or broom were common in all different parts of Brisbane.
Ordinary people became super heroes, before the waters peaked sandbagging people homes, and during the clean-up driving around offering hungry volunteers, home and business owners sandwiches, cooked meals and cold water to keep them going.
Your Local Movers owner Zachary Rook said he will be forever grateful for all the help that Your Local Movers received.
“Without our amazing staff, family, friends and huge amount of volunteers we wouldn’t be here today.
“I would personally like to thank ALL their staff and volunteers who showed their dedication and swept, hosed, scrubbed and once the clean-up was over, tore down, built up and painted the Rocklea depot. Your emotional support and dedication has kept us going and kept us moving, and allowed us to be in operation again just under a week after the floods.
“Thank you to the anonymous church group who had a mini bus of people arrive, gloves and all, who picked up a broom and also set up a BBQ for the clean-up in Rocklea.
“Thank you to our customers who were not flood affected, but had to postpone their moves for a few days due to the rising waters. Thank you to the storage facilities who housed our storage temporarily for our clients, who were available on short notice and accommodating and ‘dry’!
“And a special thank you goes out to a very special couple, Alpha and Hazel, who despite both having lost their jobs just before Christmas, couldn’t stand to sit around and do nothing. They arrived at our warehouse and started cleaning up before we even noticed they were there. They continued to show up to help for two 7 day weeks after the flood. We have since been able to employ them both and remain indebted to them for their kindness and help during a challenging time.”
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