Highest flood seen in district
WIDGEE residents were devastated to hear of the terrible loss of one of their own.
The provision of flood level indicators in low lying areas that are prone to flooding, such as Little Widgee Bridge, could possibly have prevented this tragedy which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.
In other parts of Widgee a number of families have been adversely affected by the highest flood waters several old-time residents have ever seen.
Homes in Janke and Power rds were flooded and residents evacuated.
One home had water up past the metre box and the family will be unable to return until after a full Ergon inspection is carried out.
The roadway past Webb Park is a total write-off and the bridge over Widgee Creek has been completely torn away from the road, leaving a gap of more than a metre, and dividing Widgee in two.
Residents on the school side are unable to access the shops, while the other side is unable to make it to the school but once the waters recede, access will be restored via the walkway from Webb Park.
However, the school buses will be unable to run their routes.
Children will be unable to make their way to school and workers will be stranded as the roads to Gympie are closed, due to damage and flooding.
As with the floods in 2011, properties have again lost fences, sheds, equipment and livestock, however this resilient and hardworking hamlet will band together and lend each other a helping hand, once again bringing community spirit to the fore.