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A monument commemorates the victims of the devastating flood which affected Grantham in 2011.
Heavy storms on the eastern flanks of the Toowoomba Range on the 10th January 2011 overwhelmed the creeks, tearing a path down the mountain. The increasingly ferocious flows surged through the tiny settlements of Spring Bluff, Murphys Creek and Postmans Ridge, claiming the lives of several residents.
By 2pm, what was now an 8m wall of water descended on Grantham. Residents were swept to their deaths, houses torn from their foundations and shipping containers washed down the main street. Those who escaped death spent hours clinging to trees or sheltering on their roofs.
The flash flood was described as an “inland tsunami”. Twenty-one people died in the Lockyer Valley: fourteen in Grantham, two in Murphys Creek, two in Postmans Ridge, two in Spring Bluff and one in Helidon. Nearly every house in the floodplain area of Grantham sustained structural damage with 29 houses being completely destroyed and 130 severely damaged.
|Address:||Victor Street, Grantham, 4347|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.575089|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||10-January-2011|
|Actual Event End Date:||10-January-2011|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 10th January, 2012|
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE LOSS AND HARDSHIP OF LIFE THAT THE GRANTHAM COMMUNITY ENDURED DURING THE FLOOD ON JANUARY 10TH 2011
MAY WE NEVER FORGET - AS WE REBUILD OUR LIVES IN OUR TOWN
In loving memory of
Llync Jibson Bruce Marshall
Garry Jibson Brenda Ross
Jocelyn Jibson Joshua Ross
Dawn Radke Christopher Face
Jessica Keep Regina Van Der Werff
Pauline Magner Jean Gurr