An aerial photo of the Baffle Creek area after the January 2013 floods.
An aerial photo of the Baffle Creek area after the January 2013 floods. Brenda Strong

Social media a saviour as Baffle Creek gets cut off

BAFFLE Creek appears to be the town Queensland forgot.

While Gladstone and Bundaberg were hit by flash flooding, Baffle Creek was caught in the middle with reports of residents still isolated in their flood-damaged homes.

But before the township was robbed of the internet, landline phone connections and an escape route, Clinton Cole created a Facebook page.

In a matter of hours, more than 700 locals became a virtual community that not only connected to the outside world, but to each other.

Stories have been shared, loved ones have been united and comfort has been sought.

On Friday, Baffle Creek local and emergency management officer Clinton Cole, 37, created the Baffle Creek Floods 25th January 2013 group and has received an outstanding response.

"People need to network," he said. "I was looking at the rainfall charts online and knew something big was about to happen."

Baffle Creek local Ace Homer, 38, said he felt the community had been forgotten by emergency services.

Ex-Biloela resident Justine Christerson, 39, has been promoting the site via social media.

Since then, a gateway to Baffle Creek has been opened, with Gladstone Regional Council staff and emergency services battling floodwater to establish contact with residents on Wednesday.

Authorities expect the water level will have dropped enough to allow the road to be opened between the Boyne Valley and Gladstone on Saturday.

The State Emergency Service used a helicopter and satellite phones to reach residents stranded in Baffle Creek, Lowmead, Rosedale and surrounds yesterday.

Baffle Creek can be accessed from Agnes Water via Euleilah Creek, with the road also open between Agnes Water and Lowmead via John Clifford Way.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said food supplies were delivered to Rosedale on Wednesday afternoon.

"Greater communication has been established with other regional centres now that Baffle Creek and Lowmead are accessible," she said.

"So we will soon have supplies heading to them."

Facebook groups:

  • Baffle Creek Floods 25th January 2013.
  • Keeping the Boyne Valley Connected.
  • Boyne Island & Tannum Sands.
  • Gladstone & CQ Flood Updates.
  • Farmers are flood victims too.



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