Peter Llewellyn of Barellan Point is grateful for the help offered by Bernadette (pictured) and Laurie Giggins of Karalee after his house was flooded in January.
Peter Llewellyn of Barellan Point is grateful for the help offered by Bernadette (pictured) and Laurie Giggins of Karalee after his house was flooded in January. David Nielsen

Flood heroes to be recognised

RELUCTANT heroes Laurie and Bernadette Giggins are set to join thousands of Queenslanders who will finally receive the recognition they deserve.

The Karalee couple's home became a sort of Noah's Ark when floods wiped out large sections of their neighbourhood in January, housing a horse and some chickens, but far more importantly, a local resident by the name of Peter Llewellyn.

After spending four months living in the Giggins' residence while his own home was restored, an ever-grateful Mr Llewellyn nominated the pair for the Queensland Disaster Heroes program.

“I didn't have anywhere to go,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“They told me I could stay with them as long as I needed to.

“They were my rock when I needed it most.”

More than 260 individuals were nominated from the Ipswich region for their community initiative, bravery, courage, resilience and strength during the Queensland floods.

Mr and Mrs Giggins will receive a commemorative medal.

“It does mean a lot and we're just blown away by it all,” Mrs Giggins said.

“But there were plenty of other people who didn't even get nominated.”

In addition to housing Mr Llewellyn the couple, who went several days without power, used gas to cook meals for local volunteers and flood victims.

At one stage there were five extra people sleeping the night in the Giggins' house.

Mrs Giggins volunteered her time at the local evacuation centre and donated clothes while Laurie went from house to house salvaging what he could.

The Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony will be held at the Ipswich Region Community Church tomorrow from noon to 1.30pm.

For more information on the Queensland Week celebrations, including the full program, visit www.queenslandweek.qld.gov.au or join “Queensland Week” on Facebook.



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