Big­wet leaves a trail of de­struc­tion

Som­bre mood in Mun­dub­bera as an­other flood wreaks havoc

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

SEEIN Gelderly Mun­dub­bera res­i­dents drag ru­ined pos­ses­sions onto the foot­path for dis­posal for the sec­ond time in two years is heart­break­ing.

But that’s only the tip of the ice­berg.

Be­neath the sur­face is a well of hard-to-con­tain emo­tions and a com­mu­nity whose re­silience is again be­ing tested.

At the helm of dis­as­ter man­age­ment and re­cov­ery is North Bur­nett’s deputy mayor, Faye Whe­lan, who has run on adrenalin since the event be­gan on Satur­day.

Her first con­cern was the safety of res­i­dents and then the dif­fi­cult job of re­cov­ery be­gan again.

As al­ways, the com­mu­nity has ral­lied to­gether – po­lice, SES, fire and am­bu­lance crews, coun­cil staff, ser­vice clubs, churches, Ton­gan work­ers and vol­un­teers – and sprung into ac­tion to as­sist.

Er­gon En­ergy is hop­ing to have power re­stored to­day to Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold.

But the agri­cul­tural sec­tor has been hit hard.

A 400-head dairy was com­pletely lost and will not op­er­ate again.

A gra­zier and his young son worked from the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing help­ing with town evac­u­a­tions only to find they had lost ev­ery­thing on their prop­erty at Grosvenor.

Some cat­tle are be­ing found alive, but there are con­cerns now about mas­ti­tis, as there is no power to the milk­ing machines.

Some peo­ple are try­ing to milk by hand.

Chris and Sue Allen had also just re­paired the farm in­fra­struc­ture af­ter the 2011 flood when they found them­selves back to square one.

There were huge pig­gery losses, with pigs be­ing found as far as 50km down­stream, some of them alive.

While busi­nesses along the main street weren’t in­un­dated, oth­ers such as Three Rivers Tourist Park, Mun­dub­bera, Bil­l­abong Mo­tel and Ru­ral and Vet Sup­plies were, and the bowls club­house may not re­open.

Hester Moore and her fam­ily suf­fered a dou­ble blow when both their home and busi­ness, The Shed Take, were in­un­dated.

Asim­i­lar fate be­fell Ste­wart and Kim Aplin, of S&K Patis­serie.

The mood in Mun­dub­bera is somber, and with no power, things aren’t easy for the com­mu­nity.

But the peo­ple have opened their hearts and will work to­gether over the coming months and years to move for­ward.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

MOV­ING EV­ERY­THING AGAIN: Mrs Jenice May­field, of Mun­dub­bera, is still com­plet­ing re­pairs to her home caused by the 2010-11 flood and has had to evac­u­ate again.

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