KEPT HIGH: Janelle Brazier in her craft room where everything has to be kept on high shelves in case floodwaters swamp her property again.
KEPT HIGH: Janelle Brazier in her craft room where everything has to be kept on high shelves in case floodwaters swamp her property again. Claudia Baxter

Janelle fears rain sound

EVERY time she hears the rain a single pensioner living on her own panics and races to her windows dreading the worst - and the man she has been begging for help to save her home also shares her fear.

Thagoona resident Janelle Brazier, 67, said after living in her home for almost 25 years and surviving two floods, a Federal Government funding boost of $1.8 million was welcome.

But would it actual help her sleep at night?

"Everything in my house is off the ground because I don't know when I'm going to get hit," Ms Brazier said yesterday.

"The minute it starts to rain I think ... here it goes again.

"I'm 67 years old - I don't need this in my life."

Rosewood councillor David Pahlke said he wasn't the only one to wake up at the sound of rain.

"I don't blame her. I run down every time I wake up and hear the sound of rain," Cr Pahlke said.

The area the two speak of is one of the nine new Ipswich flood mitigation projects the Federal Government has pledged funding for when Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised $10 million for the city.

Ms Brazier said she would welcome the pledge only if she knew it would be met by all involved.

"People across the road from us don't flood - it's just the five houses on our side, and no one can even live here," she said.

"It's just me battling along and a few people that can't even get insurance.

"It's just a torrent when it hits, and I've ridden David Pahlke something shocking to get something done, so now I am hopeful as long as all parties come on board."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the funding would bring forward the construction of projects already identified by the council to further minimise flooding.

"In recent years council conducted 27 flood studies and now we can start to turn the results into projects which will have real long-term benefits for residents and businesses in these areas," Cr Pisasale said.

Ms Brazier reflected on the previous floods she had experienced.

"It always just a torrent. I was on the phone to the SES once and one second I said there was water up to my back door, and the next thing I said, don't worry - it's already up over my floorboards," Ms Brazier said.



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