The 2013 Warwick floods.
The 2013 Warwick floods. Contributed

Warwick East residents to voice flood woes at forum

HOPE St resident Sharon Williams will be one voice among many when she airs her concerns at tonight's community forum for flood-affected Warwick East.

Mrs Williams, who has seen her home flooded three times, encouraged others to attend the forum as well and voice their concerns.

She said one of the pressing issues she would bring up was her feeling of neglect.

"We had no one from the SES come to see us throughout all three floods," Mrs Williams said.

"If you're a business on the highway that's okay - you get looked after. But it seems to be us in the corner that's forgotten about. No one gives the hoo-ha about us."

Mrs Williams said it was disappointing to have attended previous flood forums, only to see nothing come of it.

"At the last one we did a lot of talking, but we didn't see anything happen," she said.

Mrs Williams said she would also raise concerns about the infrastructure around Warwick, in particular the placement of bridges.

"If they did something about the bridges and allowed water to flow through better, it would help it flow away quicker instead of hitting the bridge and coming straight back to us," she said.

The Southern Downs Regional Council has outlined three major questions it will try to address:

  1. What are the burning issues for you since this flood event?
  2. How can we improve on how we prepare and respond?
  3. Who needs to be involved in making things happen?

Disaster Management staff from Council and Emergency Services will be present at the forum to answer questions and provide information.

 

BE THERE

When: Tonight

Where: East Bowls Club (Lyons St, Warwick)

Time: 5.30pm for a cuppa and food; 6pm to 8pm (business)

For catering purposes please RSVP to SDRC Community Development Officer Pam Burley by email to pam.burley@southerndowns.qld.gov.au or phone 4661 0404.



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