QUEENSLAND researchers need vital input from anyone affected by flooding this year in Ipswich.
Queensland University of Technology’s Prof Kim Johnston and Dr Anne Lane will be in Ipswich this week until Friday and want to hear from residents who were flooded or cut off by floodwaters.
This critical research is conducted by Natural Hazards Research Australia in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Southern Queensland and Macquarie University.
“Our aim is to hear directly from anyone who was threatened by rising floodwaters or inundated by the floods in Ipswich,” Prof Johnston said.
“There are several ways you can take part and share your flood story. We can meet with you in person for a research interview this week in Ipswich or you can request an interview via online video or over the phone. We will also be distributing a survey online in October.
“By hearing about your unique experience in Ipswich, the research can gather vital insights on preparedness and response and reduce future flood risk,” Prof Johnson explained.
Every story is important Prof Johnson explained.
“You may have had to evacuate quickly due to rising floodwaters, or perhaps you were cut off by floodwaters and isolated for a period of time. We want to hear about a wide range of experiences.”
As well as Ipswich, this research is being undertaken in other flooded areas across Queensland and NSW.
The results of the research will be used to inform strategies to improve flood safety in not just Queensland and New South Wales, but across Australia.
This independent research is funded by Natural Hazards Research Australia and supported by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the NSW State Emergency Service.
Register for participation at naturalhazards.com.au/floods2022.