Depot Hill residents John and Lata Guppy catch a lift from a passing motorist with final provisions as they head for home as the Fitzroy River rises towards 9m in the floods.
Depot Hill residents John and Lata Guppy catch a lift from a passing motorist with final provisions as they head for home as the Fitzroy River rises towards 9m in the floods. Chris Ison

Bully reflects on the floods

AFTER nearly a year without a home, Nikki Upton and her young family have finally moved back into their Rolleston home.

Nine months pregnant with her third child, Nikki and her husband had just finished building their new home when the floods hit.

In recognition of the anniversary of the disaster, The Morning Bulletin will reflect on the Upton's, and many other stories from last year's devastating floods.

From the surreal beauty of a forever upbeat city, to hope in the form of rural helicopter pilots, we look back on the trials and triumphs of the summer floods.

We will return to the sights, sounds and stories of Central Queenslanders as they fought to keep their homes and sanity intact. We will check how people have responded and whether the region's arduous recovery is complete.

Our special feature From Ruin to Recovery: A Year After The Floods starts tomorrow, with part one on Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter's reflections.



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