Marked by resilience, endurance
GYMPIE's flood resilience and endurance has been tested for the second time in just over a month with business owners, managers and sporting clubs evacuating premises again.
My heart goes out to all those having to struggle to clear out shops and sheds.
This time with water on the rise during the night, many people endured long hours evacuating in the dark with little sleep.
I met one lady who hadn't slept at all.
But even though they were tired and stressed they still kept a smile on their face.
Another lady told me how it was a struggle but other people were worse off. Not knowing there had been a house burnt down in Gympie yesterday she told how others were worse off.
"We can recover from this," she said.
"It's not like a fire where everything is gone or we have lost someone."
She has the right attitude. The flood is bad, but when you look around our region yesterday we had others dealing with losing a family home and worst of all, a father struggling with the loss of his 17-year-old son, while praying his other son makes it out of a coma after a motorcycle crash at Goomboorian on the weekend.
It puts the flood drama into perspective.