Bigwet leaves a trail of destruction
Sombre mood in Mundubbera as another flood wreaks havoc
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.
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.