A mission for Mitchell
THE past few weeks have been devastating for Stella Gentry's family in Mitchell.
Floodwaters have inundated her grandparents' home and her aunt and uncle's, and they have lost everything.
Mrs Gentry was born in Mitchell, so were her parents - but the family moved to Gympie when she was 10.
Then she moved back and was even married in the country town, before settling in Gympie.
"We didn't think it would be as bad as it was. It's devastating, Mitchell is such a flat area nothing was spared," she said this week.
The floodwaters that took everything from her family and almost the whole town were not expected to rise above the floorboards.
Like many families, her relatives raised everything up on blocks, but the waters suddenly rose higher to above the kitchen bench and everything was lost.
"It's not just my family," she said.
"There's only about 10 houses that didn't flood."
Now the Gympie Gymnastics Club administration officer is hoping to help out Mitchell's flood victims.
She has started an appeal for any decent quality home furnishings, clothing or other practical items. Her husband, a truck driver, will drive the donated goods to Mitchell.
President of the gymnastics club Leonora Cox said the club collected soft items like blankets and clothing last year for the town when it flooded, but the destruction this year was worse.
"There's people living in tents. Insurance companies say houses over 60 years old are past fixing and will have to be bulldozed. A lot of people will be out of home for a long time, so we're looking for stuff to tide them over," Ms Cox said.
The club is also organising their own mud army to help out the town and this weekend people with shovels are needed.
If you can help phone Stella on 0423 509 823 or the gymnastics club on 5482 9033.