Businesses spared the worst

THE consensus across Gympie yesterday was that businesses will bounce back from the weekend's flood more quickly than last year.

The Mary River peaked at 15.7m, causing minor flooding.

It was a different story at Traveston, Cooroy, Pomona and Cooran.

Gympie Region SES crews went to the worst affected areas on Saturday morning but found that the waters had already risen.

Floodwaters broke the Mary River banks and started flowing into Nelson Reserve on Saturday.

People at the Cooloola Coast and on the Southside were isolated for up to 24 hours after water cut roads and bridges.

The Bruce Hwy was cut south of Gympie.

Some travellers who camped overnight on Saturday at the One Mile sports grounds car park were only about one metre away from being swept away in flood water as it inched towards their vehicles.

When water started to recede on Sunday the hosing down began with the QFRS assisting businesses. Green Army volunteers helped clean up in Nelson Reserve yesterday.

About a metre of water washed through Southern Cross Detailing on Jaycee Way and about a foot of water ran through businesses on River Rd.



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