Floodwater devastates Widgee community
WHILE memories of 2011 were still fresh in people's minds and the event relived on Saturday due to the heavy rain, the huge onslaught of water in the early hours of last Sunday morning caused flooding even more severe than the preceding flood.
Fences, sheds, outbuildings, equipment, trees, roads, bridges and homes have been affected and can be replaced … but this time a tragedy has occurred and a person has died.
Local businesses have helped keep spirits up and neighbours have been out and about lending a helping hand.
The Widgee community will band together and, with perseverance, recover from this disastrous event.
Residents were pleased to see the council workers inspecting the damage to Widgee Creek Bridge early on Monday morning.
This was followed by the arrival of earthmoving equipment and truckloads of heavy rocks and fill, which they used to repair the roadway up to the bridge and fill the huge, gaping hole left by floodwaters.
The workers have done a magnificent job and the road has been re-opened, albeit only one lane at this time.
The reconnection has enabled residents to gain access to local shops and supplies as well as visit family members and friends.
Others further afield in Upper Widgee and Thornside areas will still be housebound due to roads and causeways being impassable.
The clean-up in these outer areas will take longer and could have more far-reaching effects due to health and medical issues.
Hardship and misfortune are known commodities to the man on the land and farming communities but our true-blue Aussie resilience in times such as these always comes to the fore.
I have no doubt that Widgee, and Gympie, will shine again and emerge even stronger from this catastrophic experience.