Les Wilson outside a house in Lakes Creek Road he believes is the same house in the 1959 picture taken during a flood.
Les Wilson outside a house in Lakes Creek Road he believes is the same house in the 1959 picture taken during a flood. Sharyn Oneill Roksflood

‘Please do not forget us’ urges Lakes Creek Rd resident

DON'T forget about us, Rockhampton Regional Council.

That's essentially what Koongal resident Les Wilson wants the local government body to remember.

Last week, Les showed The Morning Bulletin a series of photos of flooding in Lakes Creek Rd following the 1954 flood.

In some photos, floodwater had risen to windows on the upper level of high-set homes.

He believed not much consideration was being shown in the council's push for the levee bank, towards the impact flooding has on the Lakes Creek, Kalka and The Common area.

"These photos show just how significant flooding gets in this area," he said.

"When the 1954 flood hit, the people living in this area were forced to catch boats from around Stack St to the Kalka Hotel... a bus would pick them up from there and drive them to town." Les has lived at his Koongal home for several years with his family and wife, who has since passed on. Mayor Margaret Strelow yesterday said they were working on limiting the impact of floods on the north side.

Cr Strelow said much of the flood-prone section of north Rockhampton would benefit from stormwater valves. Council was already advanced in its plan to put these in place.

This is a house that was in Thozet Rd during the 1954 floods. It was replaced by the Betacrete office.
This is a house that was in Thozet Rd during the 1954 floods. It was replaced by the Betacrete office.

She said further details to be released in the near future would provide a more complete picture of the overall impact on the north side.

ABOVE: A Rockhampton man uses the only transport you could to get into town after the 1954 floods: a boat. He is in Lakes Creek Rd.
ABOVE: A Rockhampton man uses the only transport you could to get into town after the 1954 floods: a boat. He is in Lakes Creek Rd.


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