Flood waters recede from the railway line at Woolooga.
Flood waters recede from the railway line at Woolooga. Contributed

Kilkivan one year on

A MASSIVE wall of water tore down Wide Bay Creek just over one year ago, after rain so intense it was never able to be accurately measured.

It smashed through Kilkivan and then Woolooga in the night, leaving many residents unexpectedly isolated and, in some cases, devastated when they woke the next morning.

Kilkivan Showgrounds became a lake, with rushing water washing away buildings, destroying fences and fording the evacuation of about 17 residents.

The Wide Bay Hwy became a trap, with road foundations washed out from beneath the sealed road surface.

Roads were a mess throughout the western part of the Gympie Region, with many still being repaired in some spots, even one year on.

Yesterday Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett met with Kilkivan Show and Campdraft Association president Mike Atthow to have a look at the difference a year can make to a community recovering from disaster.

"What a contrast in the weather," remarked Cr Perrett as he took in the "scorching day and blue sky" of January this year.

Mr Atthow thanked the community, including Queenslanders and Australians generally.

"The Freemasons built us a new announcer's building.

"They came to us to say they wanted to rebuild something flood affected in the Gympie region," he said.

"The bar area's all renewed, people have top-dressed the arena, we've replaced or repaired the arena fence, we've got a new concrete loading ramp, new sheds and garages and the catering building has been completely refurbished."

Cr Perrett said the recovery had been "a joint effort" by governments and the community.

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