An SES boat patrols Quay Street, Depot Hill, as the Fitzroy River flood reaches 8.75 metres in Rockhampton during the 2011 floods.
An SES boat patrols Quay Street, Depot Hill, as the Fitzroy River flood reaches 8.75 metres in Rockhampton during the 2011 floods. Chris Ison

Flood heroes receive their awards

FLOOD waters have long receded, but those that volunteered to help the community in Central Queensland's biggest time of need received accolades on Saturday.

Rockhampton Regional SES Unit received the Regional Operational Response award, Emerald's Judy McDonald was named Regional Member and Rolleston Emergency Service Unit took out the Regional Group award at the Central Queensland SES region annual awards ceremony.

EMQ regional director for Central Region, Wayne Hepple, said the Rolleston Unit was recognised for its outstanding commitment, professionalism and dedication.

"The Rolleston community was isolated for around three months," he said.

"During this time the Rolleston Unit maintained a high level of community support, utilising their flood boat for endless hours to perform a range of functions including re-supply to isolated properties."

Mr Hepple said the Rockhampton Unit was recognised for its outstanding operational response and incident management during the floods.

He said Mrs McDonald had been recognised for her dedication, commitment and outstanding leadership.

Winners are now up for state awards to be announced on Sunday.



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