Flood victim’s heartbreak : ‘don’t be complacent about the risk’

Gearing, Amanda (2011) Flood victim’s heartbreak : ‘don’t be complacent about the risk’. [Textual Work]

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"No one had higher stakes in the findings of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry than Grantham father Matthew Keep, whose mother, mother-in-law and baby daughter, Jessica, died at Grantham that terrible day in January.

For seven months he has read every statement, submission, running log, disaster management plan and media article available. As he has comforted his grieving wife, Stacy, helped care for his two young children Madison, 5, and Jacob, 4, who amazingly survived the flood, and welcomed a new baby into the family, Matthew has searched for answers for himself and his community.

Why were authorities not able to warn people in seven towns in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley that the worst flash flooding in at least a century was about to strike, killing 22 people? How could such a sudden and catastrophic flood claim three members of his family within minutes?"

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ID Code: 78290
Item Type: Creative Work (Textual Work)
Refereed: No
Funders: Private Media Pty Ltd
Material: Online news article
Measurements or Duration: 1313 words
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Crikey
Publisher: Private Media Pty Ltd
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2014 00:17
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 03:35

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