Exhausted flood victim speaks out

FLOODING at Mitchell has directly affected former Gympie resident Cherryl Williams.

Ms Williams moved to the country town in September last year to look after her father, who has since passed away.

Speaking from the flood-ravaged town yesterday, she said it had been a hard time for the community of 900 as floodwaters washed through almost every home, including hers.

"We watched the news, there wasn't even three minutes of coverage," she said.

Ms Williams said residents were told on Wednesday morning water was inundating the town and it was too late to get out by then.

They are crying out for help, families have lost everything and the town is in dire need of all sizes of enclosed shoes.

"We were told the army would be there on Thursday. They're still not here.

"I've been running the kitchen with a handful of people at the local state school for four days feeding 200 people three meals a day with no electricity, four fry pans and two barbecues. I'm exhausted."

Like many others at the evacuation centre, Ms Williams had been sleeping on cement, without a blanket or change of clothes until Friday when blow-up mattresses and food were delivered.

"My son and nephew swam though the water collecting stuff from houses to feed people at the school."

Ms Williams could not believe St George, downstream was evacuated.

"The people in Mitchell have been failed," she said.

Gympie Times


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