Carisbrook book flooded with stories

RECORDED: Carisbrook's Lyn Symons with Up the Creek and Back Again. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

RECORDED: Carisbrook's Lyn Symons with Up the Creek and Back Again. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

THE floodwaters that flowed through Carisbrook in January 2011 might have only lasted half a day, but the water's legacy remained for weeks, months, and now eternally in print.

Armed with notepads and cameras, a group of community-minded Carisbrook residents took to the streets to record how the townspeople tackled one of the biggest challenges in its 160 year history.

The result was a 96-page book, Up the Creek and Back Again, recording from the moment McCallums and Deep creeks flowed through the town, to the countless examples of a community banding together.

Carisbrook Disaster Recovery Committee secretary Lyn Symons said compiling the book had been a journey for everyone involved since they started one week after the flood.

"We tried to get where Carisbrook has gone since the event, what is everyone's story, what's come out of it afterwards and 'what now?' she said.

"The community has published it and all money raised is going back into the community for projects and infrastructure."

The book recorded the story of the Carisbrook Lions Club holding 50 different meal events and of neighbour helping neighbour with plumbing and electrical needs, and to remove flood-damaged furniture and other items.

One idea also took Carisbrook's story to the world as one resident invited quilters from across the globe to send in small segments to combine into large quilts.

The town received tens of thousands of quilt segments from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, South Korea and New Zealand, with the finished products distributed to those in need.

Filled with striking photographs, the book also documents the town's struggles with insurance companies, as well as businesses battling their way back to their best.

Up the Creek and Back Again is available for $20 in Carisbrook and at the visitor information centre and newsagency in Maryborough.

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