Rising from the Flood By Jamie Simmonds


During the summer of 2011, the state of Queensland was ravaged by some of the worst flooding Australia has ever seen. Following years of crippling drought, the skies opened, releasing unprecedented amounts of water across the state for weeks on end. On 10 January, the Lockyer Valley would experience the worst of the flooding, and the small town of Grantham would become the epicentre of the disaster.

With homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined, and a community grieving over lives lost, May

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Rising from the Flood: Moving the Town of Grantham tells the story of how a community was able to relocate following one of Australia’s most terrifying natural disasters. Through acts of survival, heroism, leadership and love for community, the desperate people of Grantham found hope in Steve’s bold vision for a safe, new future and inspiration in Jamie’s achievement of an almost impossible task.

About the Author

Born in the central New York town of Auburn, Jamie Simmonds was awarded an athletics scholarship to Pennsylvania State University where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Jamie moved to Australia in 2001 and spent most of his early career working in local and state government. He was appointed the Project Director of the multi-award winning ‘Strengthening Grantham Project’ and successfully directed the relocation of the town of Grantham following catastrophic flooding in 2011. Jamie now works in the property development industry and lives in Brisbane with his wife and two children.


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