ABLE BODIED MEN: Tongan men went where-ever they were needed on Sunday morning to help evacuees.
ABLE BODIED MEN: Tongan men went where-ever they were needed on Sunday morning to help evacuees. Sue Harris

Test of strength

SEEING elderly 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.

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.  


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