Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Homeless 'forgotten' in flood aftermath

By Bruce Atkinson, Tuesday March 5, 2013 - 12:30 EDT

The coordinator of a community centre on Queensland's Sunshine Coast says homeless people are the forgotten victims of flooding rain in the past month.

Coordinator Pastor Dale Dowler runs The Shack in Nambour and he says there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of homeless people seeking help since it started raining in January.

Pastor Dowler says many homeless people have lost all their possessions in floodwater and there is nowhere for them to go.

"They just become a victim of circumstance," he said.

"They're a little bit of collateral damage there I suppose, in that sense of the word.

"They're forgotten because ... you just don't think of a tent going down a river, yet we see our houses with water up to their roofs."

He says people do not think as part of that house there was probably half-a-dozen tents that maybe went with it.

"Those swags are being washed away, so their coverings, their blankets, their pillows, their whatever it is," he said.

"Sometimes some of those really precious things like photos of family and children and things like that - that they're been a bit estranged from for whatever reason.

"Some of those special memories that we hear about when we hear about people losing their homes, but these guys are losing their homes."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Snow season high becoming a low point

16:18 EST

The 2016 snow season has reached a new peak depth this week according to measurements taken today.

Late winter soaking causes flooding

16:13 EST

Rain gauges as far north as the Gulf of Carpentaria and south to Ulladulla have received decent rainfall in the last 24 hours, some of which caused dangerous flooding.

NSW weather: Bystanders 'watched helplessly' as 72yo man swept away by floodwaters

12:58 EST

A friend of a man feared drowned in floodwaters near Kyogle has told of "helplessly watching" the 72-year-old as he clung to a tree before being swept downstream.