Twice in 12 months for Cats
A MASSIVE downpour on Friday night and Saturday morning has flooded the Gympie Cats clubhouse for the second time in just over 12 months.
Gympie Cats president Glenn Warren said he was devastated when he saw the mess in the clubhouse on Monday morning and found four of the club's fridges had been lost in the flooding.
He said the river rose too quickly for the Cats to evacuate the clubhouse on Saturday morning.
Warren said he woke on Saturday to the news that the river was rising.
But by 10.30am, the back access to the club had been cut off by rising floodwaters stopping any chance of the club clearing out the building.
He said the huge bar fridges needed a lot of men to move.
"We only had a couple of hours to get stuff out," he said.
"We needed manpower and trucks but didn't have the time to organise it.
"How were we going to do that with a couple of blokes?"
Yesterday, Warren and his family were cleaning out the club after 1.5m of water went through the building.
"It is devastating. We take one step forward and 10 steps backwards," Warren said.
He said along with the fridges in the bar and the kitchen, the club had lost more than $400 worth of alcohol.