Town meets amid floods

EXHAUSTED residents attended a town meeting in Gayndah last night.

Stories of devastation and destruction were heard, as the town gathered as a group for the first time since watching the flood waters rise over the bridge.

Elvie Slack spoke of the complete destruction at Reids Creek.

"We're just about wiped out," she said.

"Some of the orchards, they're simply not there, they are washed away.

"It's just a devastation area."

Ken Mogg told the meeting of the complete inundation of the Golden Orange Hotel Motel.

"I have 23 motel units out of commission I believe for at least six months," he said.

"I've got 20 staff that are desperately waiting on decision that has to be made and have to be made in the next 48 hours."

Mayor Don Waugh, who has been working around the clock since the flood began, told of the difficulties faced when the town became isolated.

"The bridge went under and the town was cut in half, then the town was cut in three," he said.

"We found a lot of the services in town were stuck on one side and needed by another."

And worryingly this is just the beginning, as the flood waters recede and people are able to go back to their homes to see the damage done. 


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