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Roma commemorates two year anniversary of 2011 floods

Emergency Service Workers Roger Whyte, Brian Harvey, Bryce Duke, Scott Walsh and Barry Winter with Deputy Mayor Scott Wason at the unveiling of Roma's celebration stone which is in memory of the 2011 Roma floods.
Emergency Service Workers Roger Whyte, Brian Harvey, Bryce Duke, Scott Walsh and Barry Winter with Deputy Mayor Scott Wason at the unveiling of Roma's celebration stone which is in memory of the 2011 Roma floods. Melissa Mobbs

TODAY marks the two year anniversary of the 2011 Roma floods.

Maranoa council unveiled its Roma town marker stone this morning in memory of the flood which while not as big as the 2010 and 2012 events still caused a lot of damage and inundated 30 homes across town.

Deputy Mayor Scott Wason delivered the opening speech on the Warrego Highway near the Overlander Motel and said the stones were a reminder of the strength Roma has shown as a community through times like the floods.

"It's a symbolic testament to the strength and resilience of the community during times of great hardship, which for some continues today," Cr. Wason said.

"It's also a way to show respect for those emergency services workers that were of great assistance during those tough times."

The stone is one of three signs placed around entrances to town, the others west of Roma on the Warrego Highway and north of Roma on the Carnarvon Hwy near the airport.

The signs commemorate the three flood events experienced in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The rear of the signs depicts a history of floods in the area through photographic images and written word etched into the stone.

Maranoa Regional Council thanked Roma Historical Society for their assistance in the preparation of historical information and input into the design.

Plantaroma also played a significant role, donating plants to be placed around the stone.

The landscaping around the piece will give visitors entering the town a great first impression.


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