Dig­ging in

Floods have again brought com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

GAYN­DAH SES crews had to res­cue one of their own on Sun­day night.

SES vol­un­teer Neil Blee and his fam­ily were forced towait on the roof as the ris­ing river swal- lowed his house.

“We put the kids on the roof with some food and water, and af­ter we sorted out a few things then we climbed up there with them,” Mr Blee said.

“It­was so quick, the water lifted five feet in seven min­utes,” he said.

“We timed it and it was beat­ing us. We lost ev­ery­thing.”

Mr Blee is usu­ally the one res­cu­ing oth­ers in dis­as­ters, but this time he was wait­ing for the SES flood boat.

“It’s weird get­ting saved by your own crew,” he said.

As soon as his fam­ily were safe, Mr Blee was in his SES gear and out as­sist­ing oth­ers.

“There are other peo­ple worse off, so I thought I’d go and help them,” he said.

“I’ve been go­ing ever since.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR VIEW: Res­i­dents watch the river rise to un­prece­dented heights.

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