New social networks offer info
SOCIAL networking websites have played an important part helping Ipswich residents keep updated on the flooding situation during the past few days.
Compared to the 1974 floods – where mobile phones and wireless internet computers were the stuff of science fiction – today’s technology has allowed flood-affected residents to take to the internet and share information in a way never before seen.
More than 8000 residents quickly signed up to the Facebook page Ipswich Flooding Community Reports, which was created for people to share news about the flooding in their particular suburbs and the city in general.
People reported on what was happening on their doorstep and posted photos; others asked if anyone knew the whereabouts of their loved ones or sought updates on streets recently evacuated.
“If it wasn’t for the creator of this page, us Ipswichians would be left in the dark,” group member Tamara Martin said.
“(It’s) brilliant to be able to discuss with those in your suburb on how the flooding is affecting our own area.”
Chantel Ryan is a Logan resident whose family live in Ipswich. She joined the group and said it had given her updates on her family’s street ... information not broadcast on TV.
“I can’t get there so have had to rely on TV which doesn’t really let you know too well how particular streets are doing,” she said.
“This site has enabled me to keep a close eye on water levels where my family are and pass on vital info to them.”