Retiring Gympie Times editor Nev McHarg says he has had the privilege of working with some of the best people in the newspaper industry and has made many friends along the way.
Retiring Gympie Times editor Nev McHarg says he has had the privilege of working with some of the best people in the newspaper industry and has made many friends along the way. Renee Pilcher

Damage bill still climbing

MORE than a week after the flooding destroyed homes, farms, businesses and lives, the stories of damage and devastation continue to be seen on a daily basis.

While some regions to Gympie's north and south were left looking like an atomic bomb site, this region has suffered damage which will total possibly $100 million when the disruption to business and the loss of farm production, equipment and stock is totalled.

The floods of more than a week ago, though not as high as some previous, had great velocity in the water flow and as a result the damage to property has been immense.

This region was only just getting back on an even keel after the flood events of two years ago with some damage from that flood still not repaired when this event struck.

It is going to take a lot of work and money over a sustained period of time for the damage of this latest flood to be repaired and for some the time and cost may be just too much.

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