It seems ridiculous to once again be in my home, confined to my side of the river. I am safe, so are my family and friends, we are well. Family north of here in Bundaberg and Mundubbera are safe and well too. The thing that amazes me is that yesterday, when notification came through the officially expect a major flood event for Gympie, it had been less than ONE WEEK since we were discussing our hopes for rain sometime soon. We are all a little surprised. As always, people here worked together, packed up businesses and homes and got them to higher ground. I love the spirit of my town in times like this.

I was a teenager in 1999 floods when waters flooded our town three times in just over a 12 months period. One of those floods is still the highest on record, it entered our home that year. Unprecedented levels even my real estate specialist mother had thought was never possible. Turns out, you never know. It was ten years between floods then. And since 2011 we have had three. That’s heartbreaking for those involved, in our town, it’s mostly businesses. But those businesses provide jobs and various other things to our community that for a period of weeks or even months aren’t available. It’s a humbling thing.

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You may have noticed there’s no Aussie Curves post today, it just didn’t seem like a good idea to leave my house, dressed for photos and add to the congestion and people out for a sticky beak. I plan to catch up but we’ll see. Next week is swimwear, perhaps I need to don my togs and play in the rain. Maybe I’ll just go back to taking naps and waiting out the worst of it. We’ll see.

  • Every time they’ve mentioned Gympie on the news, I think of you. I’m glad you’re safe and well. That’s a heck of a lot of water in those photos!! The rain is coming tonight here in Wollongong and I’m expecting to be flooded in. My house is well and truly safe, however there’s only 2 roads in and out, so we tend to become an island.

  • Leisa Flanigan

    Glad you’re OK, was thinking of you when heard the news at Gympie x

  • Katie Spijkerman

    Gosh those photos are quite scary!! Glad to hear that you, your friends and family are all ok !

    • It never ceases to amaze me how the volume of water spreads and creeps. It’s quite ominous.

  • You guys just stay safe and look after one another. X

  • WOW those photos are really sobering. My thoughts are with you, your family, friends and the town.
    Take care.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    So glad you guys are safe.

    Take care

    SSG xxx

  • Patrick weseman

    Glad that you are safe

  • Amazing photos – looks daunting, So glad to hear that you & your family are safe.

    • Thank you. It is. There’s a slow crawl pace about it as it reaches the peak that is really creepy.

  • Amy

    This is hurting my heart so much. I watched a news segment today, a lady who was about to watch her houseboat with everything she owns inside, float away. She cried as she told about how the evacuation centers were full, and they had to sleep in a carpark, and then they paid $11 for two cups of coffee. Which to me, is just a kick in the pants.
    I thought the floods a few years ago were awful, and yet these ones seem to be worse, maybe because we know some people who are affected this time. They’ll come back again, but it just seems so unfair that they have to fight again.

    • It’s traumatising, for sure. The people with property on the line or lost suffer emotionally as well as financially. For a lot of areas it wasn’t as bad as last years, especially by the time it reached Brisbane and Ipswich. But places inland like Mundubbera where Kel’s grandmother is are over a metre higher. It’s just too soon for a lot of people who are just getting back in/on their feet.

  • Oh wow, these pictures are devastating. Keep safe!
    xo TJ