The very best of Gympie
FRIENDS and even total strangers turned out in force yesterday to help flood affected businesses get back to normal, especially in the Mary St, Reef St and River Rd precinct.
And much as emergency evacuations have often brought out the helping spirit, yesterday the volunteers were still there doing the often overlooked but equally vital work of getting their mates back on their feet.
Stinking flood debris and oppressively hot and humid conditions were not enough to keep the people of Gympie from helping each other out.
Business associates, friends, family and some of the most perfect strangers anyone could hope to meet, all were burning elbow grease and dripping sweat as they toiled to help out yesterday.
One unwell business owner was overwhelmed by help he got from Gympie's Poolscene proprietor Melissa Morley, who he said had called by with a truck and taken over the soul-destroying work of evacuation.
In turn, Apollonian Vale fruiterer Sean Chambers, of Farm Fresh Gympie, joined ex-Gympie police officer Vic Tipman in helping Mrs Morley get back into her Monkland St premises.
Empire Hotel proprietor Craig Mylrea downplayed the helping hand he lent to the staff of Mama and Pappa's Pizzeria, where he advised them on the urgent tasks they faced as they fought to beat rising flood waters and save equipment and food.
"They came over and put some of their stuff in our fridge," Mr Mylrea said.
Customers joined the effort to get Billy's Hotel back above water and at the Royal Hotel, nearby, even one complete stranger got stuck into cleaning down the flood smeared walls.
Volunteer fire crews were hosing mud off the pavers as the whole community got into the act.
Most businesses will be back in operation this week, some even today, but, as one helper commented, a few will be closed for some time.
Mr Chambers brought the fruit shop truck around to help get Poolscene's stock back on the shelves.
"I can't get far in the truck at the moment anyway," he said.