Devastation to piggery
PIGGERIES in Mundubbera were doing well until flood waters took the animals on a turbulent and deadly journey.
Burnett Pork Alliance and Rob and Sally Wells' piggeries have suffered huge losses.
"Of our 2000 pigs, we've rounded up about 200," Mrs Wells said.
"But people are ringing us saying they have found some of our pigs.
"There are lots that are worse off than us."
Workers at Burnett Pork Alliance piggery let their pigs out as flood waters approached to give them a chance of survival.
The wife of piggery manager Dave Innes, Tammi, said when there was nothing more they could do, they went up the hill and waited on top of a tank for 16 hours as floodwaters surrounded them.
Winston and Rose-Ann Chan and their two-year-old son Matthew were among those rescued by a helicopter.
All they had with them was a bag of clothes.
"Rose-Ann and Matthew are staying with me," Mrs Innes said.
"Dave and the men were choppered back out today (Tuesday) to find live sows and piglets, clean out one shed to house them and remove the dead animals.
"I don't know when they'll be back."
Mr Innes has worked in the pig industry for 20 years and is devastated.
On a lighter note, Mrs Innes said 12 of the pigs had turned up alive at the Golden Orange Hotel in Gayndah.
"When the lady rang I said they'd have to be Dave's pigs - they're looking for a beer!"
And while we all know pigs can't fly, one little miracle pig sure can swim.
Paradise Dam caretaker Corey Goldie has an extra camper after fishing out a pig from the raging Burnett River.
Mr Goldie said the pig had been nicknamed Miss Paradise Piggy.
"She is the luckiest pig in Australia," he said.
"She walked out of the water within 50m of going over the dam wall when it was flowing over at 8.5m above the wall."