Memories flood back at service

Josiah Eddison, 10, lights a candle in memory of flood victims at the Murphys Creek six-month remembrance service.
Josiah Eddison, 10, lights a candle in memory of flood victims at the Murphys Creek six-month remembrance service. Nev Madsen

POSTMAN’S Ridge resident Debbie Bassingthwaighte still finds it hard to believe it has been six months since the devastating floods which swept through the region on January 10.

She said six months on and they were just starting to come to terms with everything that had happened.

Her husband Brodie was one of the members of the Murphy’s Creek and Postman’s Ridge community who shared their experiences of the floods at the memorial service held yesterday to honour and respect those who were lost.

The memorial included prayers, a piece on the “Good Australian Samaritan”, a candle ceremony and piper.

As a part of the service, a bare “Tree of Life” stood on the Murphy’s Creek ground for people to leave a message on a leaf for their loved ones, which will become a permanent symbol of a community working together.

Mrs Bassingthwaighte was blessed as her house was still standing after the floods, but both she and her husband, who have lived in Postman’s Ridge for nine years, were amazed by the generosity of people in the community who were willing to help out.

“It reaffirms how wonderful people can be,” she said.

“Small acts of kindness can make such a difference.”

Murphy’s Creek State School teacher Rhonda Duck said things were finally starting to get back to normal — for herself and for the children at school.

“It’s starting to get back to normal, but we still have a way to go,” she said.

She said only time would heal, but the students were starting to get past the stresses of the flood and the loss of two members of their school community, Bruce Warhurst and Sandy Matthews.

First Officer of the Rural Fire Brigade in Murphy’s Creek David Brettell said he liked to see people getting back on their feet, but many things still had to happy before the evidence of what happened disappeared.

Topics:  floods memories service toowoomba

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