Flood sur­vivors tell their sto­ries

Queens­land marks the first an­niver­sary of dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing with per­sonal re­counts

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

MEAT­WORKER Ed­ward Spark spent a hor­ri­fy­ing 45 min­utes cling­ing to a tree as a wall of water tore through Toowoomba on Jan­uary 10.

The 23-year-old watched as cars, trees and parts of build­ings were swept away and prayed he wouldn’t be next.

‘‘I think God was on my side at that time,’’ he told the Queens­land flood in­quiry some months later, re­call­ing how a van hur­tled to­wards him in the wall of water.

‘‘I was think­ing that the tree would go and I’d never be seen af­ter that.’’

Spark was with a friend when the floods hit. The friend got to higher ground, but Spark had to wait for a res­cue team.

He re­calls his near miss in the first episode of I Sur­vived: Sto­ries of Aus­tralians, on pay-tv’s Bio chan­nel on Wed­nes­day.

Free TV chan­nels will fea­ture an­niver­sary re­ports on news and cur­rent af­fairs shows with both Chan­nels 7 and 9 to air spe­cial Queens­land flood an­niver­sary spe­cials on the week­end.

A pay-tv National Geo chan­nel spe­cial, fea­tur­ing footage gath­ered by or­di­nary Queens­lan­ders who were stranded as flood­ing af­fected the state, will air on Sun­day week.

I Sur­vived: Sto­ries of Aus­tralians: Wed­nes­days, 7.30pm, Bio

The Flood of 2011: Sun­day, 4pm, Seven

Queens­land Floods: One Year On: Sun­day, 6.30pm, Nine, NBN

Bris­bane at the flood’s peak; Ed­ward Spark; a flooded Rock­hamp­ton

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