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One Mile under water

One Mile Ovals were suited to water sports at the weekend with the BMX track also going under.
One Mile Ovals were suited to water sports at the weekend with the BMX track also going under. Craig Warhurst

TWO weekends ago, Cooloola BMX Club hosted the Southern Zone shootout with over 400 BMX riders racing.

On Sunday the club could have held the Southern Zone sailing championships.

Two hundreds sail boats wouldn't have looked out of place on One Mile lake.

Groups of children took advantage of seaside like conditions to spend Sunday afternoon swimming near the BMX track.

Club president Chris Rodighiero said despite the flooding everything looked okay for the club

"We got everything out we needed to, everything is just very dirty," he said.

"The track doesn't look too bad. Being underwater is better than having heavy rain on the track.

"It is actually in good shape."

Across the road, at the Gympie Football clubhouse they were even luckier.

Club president Coralie Wheeler said water didn't enter the clubhouse but did enter some of the sheds.

Staff had emptied the sheds and cleared the line marking equipment just as a precaution.

Wheeler said the Special Olympics Club also packed up their shed.

The club kept an anxious vigil on Saturday night waiting to see if they had to evacuate the main clubhouse.

Flood water goes into the clubhouse at 17m.

"It was wait and see," Wheeler said.

"They were predicting at least 16m and it wasn't like any other flood. We were lucky, not like cricket, it's a huge job to pack up their club."

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