LETTERS AND SMS TO THE EDITOR
WITH summer coming, the flood victims of 2011–2013 are remembering the ordeal of the past. We remember the river rising and how we had to prepare for the worst. You had to lift as much furniture off the floor as you could and pack up valuables like important papers, medical supplies, photos, clothes and tools, to name a few. When we had to leave our home and go to an evacuation centre/safe place, what were we to do with our beloved animals? By leaving our homes early, we had to hope and pray the looters didn’t come and steal our belongings. Hopefully in the future we will have more police patrols in our absence. Also, we would like to think we won’t have too much damage to property. In the future, if we have another disaster like 2013, we know the government is putting in place evacuation routes for people to get out safely – a great idea BUT where do we go? Council is building a new evacuation centre on the south side of the river. How do we get there from the north once bridges close? Does this mean we have to go to Gin Gin, Childers then back to Bundaberg to the evacuation centre? God willing, no one will have to go through this type of catastrophe again.
CHRIS HARDY North Bundaberg