LIVING in the Gold City all my life I have seen my fair share of Gympie floods.
I'm no expert but Saturday, while having lunch with friends, I scoffed at the idea of a flood Sunday.
Little did I know that more than 350mm of rain would bucket down in the Mary catchment that night.
Old timers are saying this flood is the fastest rising they had seen.
I agree, it caught us all by surprise.
What didn't surprise me was the way Gympie people rallied together to help businesses and sporting clubs evacuate their buildings.
Some volunteers I spoke to had gone 24 hours non-stop.
It was a mammoth effort but, with military precision, the shops were emptied in record time.
As a photographer I always feel a bit guilty taking photos while everyone is working hard to evacuate in an emergency.
The Gympie Times would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time during the evacuation. It's what makes Gympie such a great place to live. Unfortunately the job is not over. There will be plenty of manpower needed in the big clean up to come.