This huge mess was left on the road as the water receded.
This huge mess was left on the road as the water receded. Craig Warhurst

Future flood plan should control stickybeak motorists

GYMPIE'S rapidly evolving flood plans will have to include some action to control "rubber-necked sightseers," Gympie Chamber of Commerce breakfast guests heard this week.

But most also thanked that other category of people who made themselves available to help with damage which was not really their problem.

These were the volunteers, some wearing SES uniforms of the yellow overalls of the rural firefighters who cleaned up much of the CBD.

"We'll do a lot better next time," said Dianne Fogarty of Wayne's World, echoing the sentiments of most first-time Gympie flood victims.

"Everyone's been really helpful," she said.

Gympie Regional Realty's Sally Garrahy said the real estate industry could have a valuable information role in helping people deal with floods.

"Real estate agents have access to information about storage availability," she said, adding that there was a "vast area" of shed space which could be offered to businesses needing to store evacuated furniture and other equipment or stock.

4GY's Ben Beckinsale apologised for the power failures which put the station off the air just when people needed it most.

"The power went out, the generator wouldn't start.

"We were there, ready to go and we couldn't do a thing," he said. "But we'll be there next time".

Gympie Times


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