Pomona and Cooroy were hit hardest by torrential rain late last month, damaging town facilities, businesses and homes.
Pomona and Cooroy were hit hardest by torrential rain late last month, damaging town facilities, businesses and homes. Contributed

Flood recovery in full swing

IT'S been a rugged few weeks for the district with significant flood damage to properties in Pomona and Cooroy.

The flooding from the torrential rain last Friday evening saw terrifying events unfold for residents in Pomona.

Pomona businesses in the Majestic Theatre precinct saw a wall of water.

Businesses and homes in other sections saw driving rain cause water to enter under doorways in otherwise flood free areas.

Our major connection to Cooroy is now closed, due to damage to the bridge over Six Mile Creek near Kennedys Rd.

Cooroy homes and businesses also sustained flood damage in the same weather event, with efforts in trying to keep water out of businesses all in vain.

However, the true spirit of locals was in evidence when, the next morning, those unaffected or at least not as severely affected, turned out to help clearing debris from public areas and to help with the clean-up.

It will obviously be some time before people's lives can get back to normal.

Recognition goes to those who gave shelter to friends, family and neighbours - and who continue to do so and also offer support in so many ways.

Although the event was disastrous, it could have been even more so, had someone not rushed to stop the freight train heading south through Pomona.

The rail tracks ahead of the train had been severely flooded and when the water subsided, it was revealed that all the ballast under the lines wash completely washed out.

Our emergency services again rose to the occasion not just rescuing people and pets, but also offering comfort.

Gympie Times


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