Plenty of rain but Agnes Water 'got off lightly' this time
AGNES Water was once again cut off from the outside world as flooding cut roads and disrupted telephone and internet links last week but, compared to many places in Queensland, the town got off lightly.
Places north, south and west of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes had homes and businesses inundated, but there was only minor, flash flooding in the popular holiday destinations.
Local Emergency Co-ordination Committee chairman Ron Barker, also of the Agnes Water Rural Fire Brigade, said action plans were implemented and the area was prepared if major inundations had occurred.
"We were pretty lucky really," Mr Barker said.
"There was plenty of rain, around 800mm, and a fair bit of wind with trees down - but we came out of it pretty well compared to lots of places."
Mr Barker said an emergency evacuation centre was set up at the Agnes Water Community Centre and in a co-ordinated effort with the Local Disaster Management Group and the Gladstone Regional Council were ready to help out people from places such as Baffle Creek and Lowmead where major flooding occurred.
A few people were airlifted to Bundy from Baffle Creek, but the majority stayed put and rode it out and the Agnes Water evacuation centre wasn't needed.
"Agnes Water had a fair bit of beach erosion and plenty of damage to the roads again, but most properties were pretty good," Mr Barker explained.