The Commission of Inquiry into the preparation for, and response to, the 2010-2011 Queensland Floods has been released – see http://www.floodcommission.qld.gov.au/publications/interim-report 

 Unfortunately the report does not get off to a good start.  The first paragraph says  

“The floods of December 2010 and January 2011 strained the resources of a state more used to coping with drought than flood. Their consequences were shocking; no-one could have believed that people could be swept by a torrent from their homes and killed, as they were in Grantham; that nine motorists could be drowned in the attempt to negotiate floodwaters; that some towns could be completely isolated for weeks, or that every last citizen of others would have to be evacuated; that residents of cities like Ipswich and Brisbane could lose everything they owned in waters which wrecked thousands of homes.”

 To suggest that ‘no-one could have believed…’ that those consequences would happen is to suggest that no-one has ever learned from past experience, seen the news, realised that Brisbane was built on a river, or paid attention to the myriad of public service messages put out by the emergency services not to enter flood waters.   

Let’s hope the report takes a more realistic approach in later paragraphs.

Michael