Massive flood repair bill
AFTER the flood comes the clean-up, assessment of damage across the region, and the power of this flood cannot be discounted in these figures.
The flood of recent days may not be the biggest but the speed in which it arrived and the damage the torrent of water unleashed by Saturday night's ex-tropical cyclone Oswald's downpour of rain will take many months and millions of dollars to repair.
Yesterday the damage was still being accessed, this will take some time but it will take another sustained funding effort on the part of government at all levels to fix the infrastructure properly across a wide area of Queensland.
The Gympie region lives with floods and is aware of what has to be done in large rain events that lead to flooding but the speed and ferocity of this week's events is almost unprecedented.
It is going to take some time for the region to recover from this flood but recover it will, given the resilience of all in this community.