12 families tell their stories of knee-deep in flood waters

Louise and Jacob Watson with freckles the dog outside their grandmothers home in Depot Hill as the Fitzroy River approaches 8.6m in February this year. Grandmother bought kayak after last flood so she could get to the shops.
Louise and Jacob Watson with freckles the dog outside their grandmothers home in Depot Hill as the Fitzroy River approaches 8.6m in February this year. Grandmother bought kayak after last flood so she could get to the shops. Chris Ison

A BOOK about local flood tales will be launched this weekend.

Come along and hear local residents' experiences of the 2008 and 2011 floods when Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow launches the book 'Flood tales from Depot Hill and Port Curtis' this Saturday.

Council's Community and Cultural Development Strategic Manager Cheryl Haughton, said the book highlighted stories from local residents who experienced the flood devastation first-hand.

"Flood tales from Depot Hill and Port Curtis is really a tribute to the resilience of the people who live in flood affected areas of Rockhampton," Cheryl said.

"It records the stories of 12 families who were knee-deep and more in muddy waters trying their best to save their properties as the mighty Fitzroy River rose during the 2008 and 2011 floods.

"Local author Judy Whitworth captures their plight and through the stories we get an understanding of what it is like to live through floods, and a true sense of their resilience, spirit of cooperation, and the pride our people have in their suburbs."

The book will be launched by Mayor Strelow in the Fitzroy Room at the Rockhampton Regional Library on Saturday 29 June at 10am.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the morning book launch.

What: Book Launch - Flood tales from Depot Hill and Port Curtis
When: Saturday 29 June 2013
Time: 10am
Where: Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Council Library, 230 Bolsover Street
Who: All welcome

Bookings are essential for catering purposes. Please email communitydevelopment@rrc.qld.gov.au or call 4936 8569.

Following the 2010-11 floods the Australian and Queensland Governments announced a Community Recovery Package under Category C of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. As part of this package funding was provided to Rockhampton Regional Council to deliver community projects focussing on the recovery of community cohesion and functioning. 'Flood Tales from Depot Hill and Port Curtis' is one of the projects delivered.

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