Pub with no power
ONE of the Mary St businesses less directly impacted by the floodwater was unfortunate to miss out on thousands of dollars in income on Tuesday night when Energex cut power to parts of the city.
The Empire Hotel was one of only two pubs open in Gympie's CBD, with The Royal and Billy's under water. Hotelier Craig Mylrea said the bar was full of customers when the lights went out about 6pm and what would have boosted a slow month of takings walked out the door.
Instead of serving drinks and meals to stranded travellers and local business owners staying in the CBD to monitor the flood, Mr Mylrea argued with local Energex crews about his cut power.
"It's been a foot deep under the hotel and they didn't turn the power off then," he said, frustrated the power was still not back on, while businesses either side were still connected.
He said the excuse Energex gave him was that the Empire was on a grid that needed to be turned off for works to be carried out. The hotel was closed until yesterday, costing about $5000.